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Coal Terminal Hearing at Tacoma

RIch Vezzani of Oregon (left center in blue) and other supporters of coal exportation are greatly outnumbered by those opposed to coal trains (often wearing red) in a hearing about the transport of coal via train through Washington held in the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

Big Crowd at Coal Terminal Hearing at Tacoma

A crowd estimated at 800 packed the fifth and final public hearing on a proposed coal export terminal at Longview, Wash., and once again red-shirted opponents outnumbered supporters.

The News Tribune estimated that only about 100 of those in the Tacoma crowd on Thursday night supported the plan to build a $643 million Millennium Bulk Terminals facility that would export to Asia coal arriving by train from Montana and Wyoming.

Reporting by the Associated Press.