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DEQ extends comment period for coal terminal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended the comment period for the draft 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Coyote Island Coal Terminal project in Boardman.

Comments will be accepted by email, mail or online by Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Because construction and operation of the proposed terminal may discharge pollution into the Columbia River, DEQ has drafted a 401 water quality certification to ensure that the proposed project meets state water quality standards. The draft 401 water quality certification includes specific conditions to protect water quality including turbidity monitoring and long-term stormwater treatment.

If DEQ issues the certification, it will become part of the Army Corps of Engineers Section 10 permit for the facility. The draft 401 water quality certification only addresses the construction and operation of the proposed facility.

For more information about the facility and how to comment on the draft 401 certification, see the DEQ public notice at http://www.deq.state.or.us/news/publicnotices/pn.asp.

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