The Washington State Department of Ecology announced it would be doing extensive research on the proposed coal port in Longview, which will impact Spokane, where many of the coal trains will pass through on the way to the coast.
If approved, the Longview coal port would be one of the largest in the nation, which is why the Department of Ecology study will address many of the questions that have made the Longview port so controversial.
"The Department of Ecology will be doing a great, thorough review of all the threats that will potentially be caused to our community of this project were to be developed," Jace Bylengea with the Sierra Club said.
The Sierra Club opposes the coal train project, which he says will have a negative impact on Spokane's environment and the health of the people who live here.
"Another threat to our communities is coal dust that falls off trains. BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) has said in the past that up to 500 pounds per car on this trip falls off a train. You need to think about not car but these trains are 110 cars long," Bylengea said.