The Franklin County Farm Bureau has joined other Tri-City business leaders in asking Gov. Jay Inslee to be careful what he asks for in regulating coal exports.
The governor has asked the White House Council on Environmental Quality that greenhouse gas emissions be considered when evaluating export proposals and facilities.
"Simply put, this is an unprecedented overreach of the environmental review process that would, without question, jeopardize future investment for projects in the Northwest, and will contribute to the rising costs of shipping our goods for export," said Stacy Gilmore, president of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, in a news release.
Gilmore pointed out that farmers rely on rail to move more than $15 billion worth of products each year. Viable rail access is essential for exports and domestic production to grow, he said.
"The free movement of goods is the cornerstone of our prosperity and way of life," Gilmore said. "We must move forward without delay on expanding our export capabilities."
Steve Cooper of the Washington State Farm Bureau, Jared Balcom of Balcom & Moe and Bill Lampson of Lampson International already sent a letter to Inslee urging him to avoid any action they feel could harm U.S. exporters' ability to compete against international companies.