EDITORIAL: Huge coal-export terminal needs rigorous environmental, health and traffic reviews

Allison Roberts News

Plans for the massive coal-export operation at Cherry Point, north of Bellingham, deserve the broadest possible environmental review, plus the additional detailed analysis of a health-impact assessment.

The Gateway Pacific Terminal Project proposed by SSA Marine invites the widest possible scrutiny, because nine 1.5 mile-long coal trains will rumble through communities around the state each day before they reach the deep-water port and proposed 1,200-acre site.

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