The Department of Environmental Quality will hold an informational meeting in Clatskanie Dec. 5 to discuss a proposed coal export facility at the Port of Morrow near Boardman.

Ambre Energy's Morrow Pacific project is one of five proposed coal export projects seeking to operate in the Pacific Northwest.

The meeting is open to the public and will discuss Ambre Energy's pending permit applications. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Clatskanie High School Auditorium, 471 Bel Air Drive.

Ambre Energy has proposed bringing up to 8.8 million tons of coal a year by train from Montana or Wyoming to the Port of Morrow in Boardman. The coal would be stored there in covered storage buildings then shipped in covered barges to a Port of St. Helens dock at Port Westward in Clatskanie. From there, the company would load the coal onto ocean-going ships.

To move forward with its proposed facility, Ambre Energy will need to obtain one air quality permit and three water quality permits.

Three applications are currently pending approval by DEQ: Air Contaminant Discharge Permit Application, Individual Water Polluion Control Facilities Permit and a proposed project map.

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