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U.S. Denies Permit for Coal Terminal in Washington State

Posted by Steve Schram on May 10, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Originally published on May 9, 2016 on the New York Times by Kirk Johnson.

SEATTLE — The coal industry, shaken by dropping global demand and tighter air quality regulations, took another major hit on Monday when the United States Army Corps of Engineers said it would deny the permit for what could have been nation’s largest coal export terminal here in Washington.

The $665 million project, called the Gateway Pacific Terminal, was already hitting headwinds. The developer asked last month that the state environmental review on the project be delayed, citing “uncertainty and related costs.” And one of the largest potential suppliers of coal, Peabody Energy, filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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