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Controversial coal terminal in Louisiana postponed again amid oppositions

Thebattle over the controversial Plaquemines Parish coal export terminal inLouisiana receiving a statepermit continues after it was put on hold again amid and publicopposition, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reportedMay 3.

Accordingto the report, opponents of the project feared that having coal trains passing throughpopulated areas could jeopardize residents' health. They also brought upconcerns related to the facility's threat to the Mid-Barataria SedimentDiversion, a major federal-state freshwater diversion project and questionedthe approval of a coal terminal considering the downturn faced by the coalindustry.

Inan April 26 letter, the Department of Natural Resources Secretary Thomas Harrisenumerated points that the Sierra Club Delta Chapter, Gulf Restoration Networkand Louisiana Environmental Action Network raised, including whether unit RAMTerminals LLC plans to use rail to transport coal, or if it wants access torail as a "safety net" in case the company is forced to change itsplans and transport different materials amid the declining market, said thereport.

Thedepartment added that the company should be able to provide the "highestmonthly volume of potential train movements ... that RAM Terminals LLC is ableto foresee," the publication wrote.

RAMwants to process 6million tons of coal on a 600-acre site on the Mississippi River near MyrtleGrove to be shipped overseas, according to the report.