E&E News | Dylan Brown | May 3, 2018
Four of the nation’s top industry trade groups today urged a federal court to lift Washington state’s blockade of a proposed coal export terminal.
The National Mining Association, National Association of Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau Federation and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a “friend of the court” brief in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Their argument supports the lawsuit filed against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and his administration by Lighthouse Resources Inc., the coal company behind the Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Wash.
State regulators have rejected a series of permits for converting a former aluminum smelter on the banks of the Columbia River into a 44 million-ton facility for exporting coal and other goods.
Inslee has stood behind the work done by state agencies, which have steadfastly defended the denials based on nine areas of “unavoidable and significant adverse impacts” from the proposed terminal on communities and the environment.
“Washington’s actions … threaten the United States’ energy economy and will set a harmful precedent that encourages other states to interfere with national trade policy that they oppose, in violation of the Constitution’s command that the federal government be the sole representative of the nation in trade and foreign affairs,” the groups wrote.
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