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coal supplies to Asiatook a new cheap michael kors turn when Millennium Bulk Terminals Inc. announced it was withdrawing its permit for the facility near Longview, Wash.

The company faced with intense public opposition when it was revealed that it was quietly talking of building a facility up to 14 times bigger than it had publicly admitted said it will submit a new permit application to allow full public discussion of all development alternatives.

To show our continued commitment as a good neighbor, we will do an Environmental Impact Statement to address concerns that have been raised about this project, and we will ensure that all parties continue to have a voice in the process going forward, Joe Cannon, CEO of Millennium, said in a statement.

The proposed Gateway Pacific terminal Bellingham, which began environmental reviews on Feb. 28, has agreements to ship 24 million tons of coal a year to Asia.

Residents in both Washington communities have raised concerns about traffic congestion from delivery trains and pollution from coal dust. In Longview, opponents said they believed that Millennium withdrew its original, approved as a result of disclosures that it had misled officials in Washington state and Cowlitz County about its true intentions.

While the company had applied for a shoreline permit to export about 5.7 million tons of mainly Montana coal a year, destined primarily for China, documents disclosed as part of a lawsuit against the project revealed that company officials had discussed intentions of coming back and gaining permission to export up to 80 million tons a year.

Millennium withdrawing their permit application after the true size of their proposal was revealed just goes to show how much they misrepresented their intentions, said Becky Kelley of the Washington Environmental Council.

Millennium was trying to hide the serious public health impacts and traffic congestion caused by thousands of dirty coal trains and a dusty terminal, said Brett VandenHeuvel of the group, Columbia Riverkeeper. Millennium got caught being dishonest and was forced to withdraw their permit.

Environmental organizations, represented by the group Earthjustice, had been on the eve of trial in a suit challenging the failure to measure the project likelihood of generating new climatechanging greenhouse gases, including those emitted when Montana coal is burned in China.

We found internal documents from the same time that showed that they were going to wait exactly two months, and go back for their new permit, Hasselman said.

The state of Washington had intervened in the case, backing demands for more study of greenhouse gases, at least those generated when coal is shipped all the way to the coast for export. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer made an unusual trip to Cowlitz County in Ja cheap michael kors nuary, urging commissioners to be mindful of jobs generated by coal development and the fact that Montana coal is burned not just in Asia, but in Washington.

Cannon could not be reached for comment. In its Millennium did not directly address the issue of the court case disclosures, and did not say what size project it ultimately envisions.

Officials the new permit a cheap michael kors pplication process will allow for detailed of potential impacts for the full array of bulk material products.

We remain sharply focused on creating jobs in Washington state and contributing to the economic recovery here in Cowlitz County, Cannon said in the statement. Coal giant Peabody Energy announced last month that it has signed an agreement to initially export up to 24 million metric tons of coal a year from the Powder River Basin to markets in Asia through the proposed terminal. The facility could also handle grain, potash, iron ore and calcined coke.

Kim Murphy in Seattle

Photo: Melissa Wilkie, who lives west of Longview,Wash., questions Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer during a meeting Jan. 5 possible coal shipments from Montana to China through a new terminal in Longview. Credit: Wagner of the Daily News in Longview. cheap michael kors