Public hearing tomorrow on coal transfer terminal at Boardman

<p>Artist rendering of proposed coal transfer terminal in Boardman</p>

Artist rendering of proposed coal transfer terminal in Boardman

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality plans a hearing tomorrow on the proposed coal transfer terminal in Boardman.

Ambre Energy wants to bring up to 9 million tons of coal a year by train from Montana and Wyoming.

The coal would be stored in covered buildings and transferred to barges that would take it down the Columbia River to a place east of Astoria where it would be placed on ships to Asia.

Environmental groups are concerned about the projects impact on air and water quality, however Ambre says the enclosed terminal will eliminate dust and spillage.

Tomorrow's public hearing will be divided into six two-hour sessions and will take place from 8 AM to 8 PM at Blue Mountain Community College, Room 134, located at 975 SE Columbia Drive in Hermiston.