Washington state regulators break with U.S. to analyze coal export plans

|By:, SA News Editor

In a decisive split with U.S. regulators, Washington state says it will conduct a detailed environmental analysis of cumulative and indirect impacts of a proposed coal export facility, including greenhouse gas emissions from combustion of U.S. coal in Asia.

The state study involves Millennium Bulk Terminals, one of three proposed coal export facilities in the Pacific northwest that cumulatively would more than match the total of 107M tons of coal exported from the U.S. in 2011.

Millennium is a project of Ambre Energy, with a 62% interest, and Arch Coal (ACI), with a 38% stake; the terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash., would be capable of shipping as much as 48.5M tons/year of coal.