Susan Buchanan: Louisiana gives the green light to a publicly opposed coal terminal
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(This is an updated version of an Aug. 26, 2013 article in "The Louisiana Weekly.")
On Friday, Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources gave RAM Terminals, LLC a Coastal Use Permit to run a coal-export facility in Plaquemines Parish near the community of Ironton. Kentucky-based RAMACO--a coal reserve and infrastructure development group--hopes to complete the Myrtle Grove facility by next year, building it next to a planned, Mississippi River sediment diversion. RAM's operation will add to two coal terminals nearby, run by Kinder Morgan and Oiltanking, respectively.
DNR said public comments on the terminal from two hearings in August and a recent notice period raised concerns about air and river pollution, the sediment diversion, concentration of heavy industry on the river, rail traffic, neighboring Ironton, coal's role in global warming and current coal economics.
In approving RAM's permit, DNR said the state's Dept. of Environmental Quality, through its permitt
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