American Farm Bureau takes on Washington over coal port

Capital Press | Don Jenkins | May 8, 2018

The American Farm Bureau Federation has accused Washington of hijacking national trade and foreign policies by refusing to let Powder River Basin coal pass through the state on its way to Asia.

The Farm Bureau, joined by other industry organizations, made the claim in a brief filed May 3 in the U.S. District Court for Western Washington. The groups — representing miners, manufacturers and petrochemical companies, as well as farmers — are supporting Millennium Bulk Terminals in its lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration.

The groups argue that if unchecked, Washington will have set a precedent for the other two liberal-leaning West Coast states to pursue policies harmful to export-dependent farmers and product makers.

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