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Spokane leaders affirm support for timely environmental review for terminals

Deny City has taken a position in opposition

Release Date: 4/25/2013 12:00:00 PM

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nancy McLaughlin, 991-2395; Mike Allen, 280-2516; Steve Salvatori, 944-0527; Mike Fagan, 991-4765

SPOKANE – Spokane city officials today called into question a recent anti-coal announcement, and offered their support for a timely review process examining proposed bulk commodity export terminals in Washington. The announcement came following news coverage this week implying the city of Spokane opposed the new terminals.

“On Monday, one council member expressed a personal opinion that unfortunately appeared to carry the official endorsement of the city," said Councilmembers Nancy McLaughlin, Mike Allen, Steve Salvatori and Mike Fagan. “The city of Spokane currently has no official position on the terminals.”

The announcement comes in response to Monday's press conference in Seattle, in which Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart announced his personal support for a Seattle-led effort to obstruct the new terminals. The facilities will serve to export coal, along with agricultural, timber, and other industrial products. Export projects, including these terminals, will be a big boost to the economy potentially providing thousands of jobs and millions of tax revenues.

“Our city will not support efforts to politicize the transportation of goods and commodities – an essential piece of commerce and job growth for our region," the majority of the councilmembers said. "The state and federal government are currently conducting a thorough environmental review. We support the timely completion of that ongoing process.”

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