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coal industry to expand its export market have taken a significant step forward Tuesday, as officials in Washington state approved a plan to ship the fuel to Asia through a Columbia River port.

Cowlitz County commissioners voted Tuesday to allow a subsidiary of Australiabased Ambre Energy to redevelop a port near Longview to handle 5 million tons of coal annually.

The project, about 40 miles north of Portland, Ore., would be the first of several proposed new coal terminals on the West Coast. It would serve mines in Montana and Wyoming, where a region known as the Powder River Basin holds some of the sneakers for sale uk largest coal reserves in the world.

Several environmental groups want to halt the project. They say it runs counter to efforts by Washington, Oregon and other states to curb their own greenhouse gas emissions and will simply shift those emissions overseas.

The commissioners drew a bubble around the project, and ignored every effect outside of that bubble, said Jan Hasselman, a staff attorney with Earthjustice. They ignored the effect of trains coming through Columbia Gorge, the effects of increased mining, the effects of mercury blowing back from China.

Hasselman said environmental groups are considering appealing the permit to the state Shorelines Hearings Board.

Cowlitz commissioners on Tuesday approved a shoreline development permit for the project. The countys planning department had concluded there would be no significant environmental impact from the project if certain conditions were met.

We had to look at the shorelines permit itself, based on legal advice we received, said Commissioner Mike Karnofski. There were other issues associated, such concerns about gree sneakers for sale uk nhouse gases. But that was outside of the parameters of the shorelines permit.

Mike Wojtowicz, the Cow sneakers for sale uk litz County building and planning director, said the issues that were raised were all mitigated and didnt rise to that level of a fuller environmental impact statement.

But Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of the Hood River, Ore.based Columbia Riverkeeper, said the county should have completed a broader environmental analysis. We think exporting millions of tons of coal to China is clearly a significant impact, he said.

Representatives of Ambre Energy did not immediately return telephone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Last week, Jeff Torkington, corporate executive officer of Ambre Energy North America, said, We are committed to providing more efficient energies with our coal resources, the Longview Daily News reported. sneakers for sale uk

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