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City of Richmond Delays Blocking Coal Exports from Levin Richmond Terminal

Coal News - Published on Thu, 05 Dec 2019

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City of Richmond in California won’t decide whether to ban coal shipments until next month after a meeting Tuesday night ended without a vote. It was expected to approve a ban on coal at a terminal that accounts for almost a quarter of exports from the US West Coast. The prohibition will shut miners out of one of the few places in the region willing to handle the fuel and limit their access to one place in the world where coal demand is still growing. The legislation targets a port operated by Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp., which last year loaded almost 1 million metric tons of the fuel bound for Japan and South Korea. The ordinance would also include petroleum coke, a by product of oil refining and another major product handled by the terminal. Richmond Mayor Mr Tom Butt said "This is something we can do that will almost certainly result in less coal shipped from the US to Asia, and maybe less coal burned in Asia.”

Richmond is only the latest West Coast city to fight back against coal passing through the region, an effort to both combat climate change and get rid of the dust coating their towns. Several efforts to build US West Coast coal terminals have failed in recent years amid resistance from environmental groups and local leaders. Washington denied a permit in 2017 for a facility that would've shipped as much as 44 million tons a year overseas. The year before that, the US Army Corps of Engineers rejected another project in the state. Oregon also quashed export terminal plans in 2014. And just a few miles away from Richmond, the city of Oakland has banned handling coal, though that decision faces legal challenges.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 05 Dec 2019
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