SEATTLE, Wash. (Metro) -- A new coalition of businesses and groups is pushing for more new terminals to ship U.S. coal overseas, which would mean more coal trains running through Washington.
KING 5 News reports the Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports started running TV ads yesterday, touting thousands of jobs and millions of dollars for the region.
Group members are confident that studies will show there are no significant environmental issues.
But many residents living along the tracks are worried about the noise and environmental groups are afraid of how coal dust will affect air quality.
Government agencies will lead an extensive two-year study exploring several aspects of the plan, including the impact on air quality and traffic.
The public will have an opportunity to comment this fall on areas the environmental study should focus on.
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