Public documents reveal concerns raised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the not-so-distant past about how transporting coal by rail could pollute sensitive wetlands in the Northwest.
Members of Congress want to help the Army Corps cut costs and speed up environmental reviews on infrastructure projects like those proposed for coal exports in the Northwest.
Cue the break up music. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Ecology are no longer preparing a joint environmental impact statement for a proposed coal export terminal on the Washington side of the Columbia River.
Thousands of pink salmon are dying at the base of a dam on the White River east of Tacoma, Wash. The facility is old. Indian tribes are impatient. The federal agency in charge says it doesn't have the money to fully fix the problem.
Port Orford is celebrated for its sustainable fisheries initiatives. But its future is cloudy, thanks to a port that is rapidly filling with sand. The Southern Oregon port is the Northwest's first to feel the effects of a dramatic cut to the federal budget for small port maintenance.
A proposed coal export terminal on the lower Columbia River will be jointly reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Washington's Cowlitz County, and the state Department of Ecology. But the corps has yet to announce whether it will take a regionwide approach and assess all five of the Northwest's potential export terminals.
The town of Port Orford, on Oregon’s south coast, may soon be without a port. That has worried residents rallying the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge their navigation channel.
SEATTLE — The Environmental Protection Agency has weighed in on the first of several coal-export projects in the Northwest, telling the Army Corps of Engineers that it should thoroughly review the potential impacts of exporting large amounts of coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia.
Colonel Anthony Wright is finishing up at his post as Seattle District Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers. He’s steered the Northwest through major flooding events and millions of dollars in military construction projects. But he’s leaving behind one unfinished piece of business. The Corps is in possession of a report detailing the risk of an oil spill in Washington waters. And some say it’s high time that report was made public.