Ambre Energy Subsidiary Coyote Island Terminal, LLC submitted
applications to DEQ for an air quality permit and a wastewater
permit for the proposed Coyote Island Terminal facility at the Port
of Morrow in Boardman.
DEQ’s role in this proposed project is
limited to evaluating these permit applications based on current
environmental regulations and issue and enforce permits that meet
these requirements. DEQ will evaluate the permit applications for
the proposed project to determine what conditions to include in the
permits to comply with state environmental laws. Oregon law requires
DEQ to issue the permits if the company meets all compliance
Coyote Island Terminal, LLC proposes to bring
up to 8.8 million tons of coal a year from Montana or Wyoming by
train to the Port of Morrow in Boardman. The company would store the
coal in covered storage buildings at the Port of Morrow. All coal
would be transferred to enclosed barges using an enclosed conveyor
system. The barges would travel down the Columbia River to a Port of
St. Helens dock at Port Westward in Clatskanie where the company
would load the coal via an enclosed transloading system onto
What happens next?
DEQ will consider comments about the
permit applications when drafting the air and water quality permits.
DEQ will hold a formal comment period for the draft permits.
Questions and answers
Here are answers to questions about exporting coal from
Oregon which DEQ received during December information meetings in
Boardman, Clatskanie and Portland.
For more information
Contact Mark Fisher by
email or phone at
contact Public Affairs Specialist
Marcia Danab by
email or phone at 503-229-6488.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency for
considering proposed coal export facilities and determining whether
to issue or deny applications for permits under the Rivers and
Harbors Act and the Clean Water Act. The agency is currently
reviewing an application for, and doing an environmental assessment
of, the proposed Coyote Island Terminal facility project and has a
Coyote Island Terminal permit application review web page.
For more information contact:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Regulatory Branch
State of Oregon and Environmental
Protection Agency letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
On April 25, 2012, Governor Kitzhaber requested that the
federal government do a full environmental impact statement to
look at the energy, environmental and public health impacts of all
the coal export projects proposed for the Northwest.
letter on April 5, 2012, EPA Office of Ecosytems, Tribal and
Public Affairs expressed its perspective on potential environmental
and health impacts of diesel emissions from trains and coal dust
from proposed coal export projects. DEQ’s role is to evaluate environmental permit applications based on
stringent regulations and issue and enforce permits that meet these