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Coyote Island Terminal Coal Export Project

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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.
 
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.

DEQ held a public hearing on Aug. 12 on the draft 401 water quality certification and closed the public comment period on Sept. 24.