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Coyote Island Terminal Coal Export Project

The Coyote Island Terminal is a coal export project proposed by Ambre Energy at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon. 

Ambre Energy would bring up to 8.8 million tons of coal a year by train from Montana and/or Wyoming to Boardman. The company would store the coal in covered storage buildings at the Port of Morrow before transferring it to barges using an enclosed conveyor system. The barges would then take the coal down the Columbia River to Port Westward in Clatskanie, where crews would transfer it onto ocean-going ships bound for Asia.  

DEQ has issued air quality, water quality and construction stormwater permits for the project because, as proposed, they comply with all relevant environmental rules and regulations. The permits went through a rigorous internal review and an extensive public process involving more than 16,500 public comments. After considering the comments received, DEQ has also concluded that a further water quality certification – called a 401 certification – is appropriate for the project. DEQ is consulting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ambre Energy on the next steps for this certification. 
Draft 401 water quality certification
Because construction and operation of the proposed Coyote Island Coal Terminal project in Boardman may discharge pollution into the Columbia River, DEQ has drafted a 401 water quality certification to ensure that the proposed project meets state water quality standards. The draft 401 water quality certification includes specific conditions to protect water quality including turbidity monitoring and long-term stormwater treatment. If DEQ issues the certification, it will become part of the Army Corps of Engineers permit for the facility. The draft 401 water quality certification only addresses the construction and operation of the proposed facility.

DEQ will share information and take formal comments about the draft 401 certification at a hearing:
6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12
Port of Morrow - River Front Conference Room
2 Marine Drive
Boardman, Oregon 97818
Document review
Public notice including draft certification and evaluations findings report

How do I participate?

There are several ways to provide comment.
  • Sign up at the hearing
  • You can also submit comments for the public record by mail, fax or email 

    Please send them to:
DEQ Northwest Region
401 Water Quality Public Comments
2020 SW 4th Ave., Suite 400
Portland, OR 97201
Fax:     503-229-6957
Email:  401publiccomments@deq.state.or.us
Written comments are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.