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Company wants to restart coal mining outside Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — A coal mine outside of Seattle would start up again for the first time since 1999 under a proposal by a company that got a recent boost from the Trump administration.

The Seattle Times reported Friday that Pacific Coast Coal Company seeks to mine 85,000 to 90,000 tons of coal per year over six years from private land just outside Black Diamond.

The proposal is still under review — although the feds in September found that coal mining as proposed would have no significant impact on the environment.

The feds are reviewing public comments; the next step could range from additional environmental review to granting the permit.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says burning coal from the mine would emit as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year as driving 51,500 cars.

Local politicians and others have vowed to stop the project.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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