Corps to conduct narrower review of Wash. coal-export plan

SEATTLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to do a more narrow environmental review of a proposed terminal on the Columbia River to ship millions of coal to Asia.

The corps said Tuesday that its review would largely focus on the entire facility site near Longview.

It’s a more limited approach than one announced last week by state and local regulators. The state and Cowlitz County plan to review effects that extend well beyond the site, including global-warming effects from burning the exported coal in Asia and rail impacts as coal is shipped by train from the Rockies throughout the state.

The corps’ review of the nearly $650 million Millennium Bulk Terminals project is expected to take at least a year.

Business leaders applauded the move.

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