How about some good news for a change?
September 27, 2017

Coal export on the Columbia River is over. Yesterday, the Washington Department of Ecology denied a key permit for Millennium’s coal export terminal. Without a permit to pollute the Columbia River, Millennium’s coal export terminal is toast.
You. Are. Powerful. A few months ago, Ecology asked for public comment on Millennium’s Water Quality Certification and you responded in droves. Comments opposing coal export poured in and smashed Ecology’s comment record. Your voice was heard. The permit to pollute was denied. 

Are you ready to celebrate? Share the good news now! Here are the links to Facebook and Twitter posts celebrating this victory. If you’re near an envelope and stamp, please write a personal thank you note to Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon. Mail your thank you letter to PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.
For seven years, you’ve held the line to protect clean air and water, and to defend the climate. This victory is the result of countless hearings, rallies, public comments, letters to the editor, phone banks, and more. Each of these acts built a mountain of support that made today’s victory possible. Thank you.
Read more about this huge victory on the Power Past Coal and Department of Ecology websites.
Of course Millennium can appeal, but the people of the Pacific Northwest and Washington state have made it abundantly clear there is no place for coal on the Columbia River. Let’s stay vigilant until Millennium officially throws in the towel.
Like an awards ceremony speech, the music will run me off the stage if I try to thank everyone who made this victory possible. Today’s victory reflects hard work from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond to convince government officials that coal would harm our health, climate and Columbia River. Many different tribes stood up to Big Coal, including powerful work by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Yakama Nation, Nez Perce, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
I also want to recognize the incredible legal work of our partners at Earthjustice. From elected officials to health professionals to faith leaders, you stood arm-and-arm and held the line on one of the most polluting industries to threaten the Northwest in recent history. Thank you.
Stay tuned for a victory party near you!


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Author Bio

As a progressive, community organizer and a mother of two, Beth has spent the last thirty years in training to take on the trust and aspirations of her community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all. She is currently serving as a state representative from the 22nd legislative district.
When not serving in the Legislature, Beth serves as senior advisor at Climate Solutions, a Northwest-based clean energy economy nonprofit. She also served as the regional co-director for the Power Past Coal campaign.
She was the founding executive director of Washington Conservation Voters and served in that role from 1991 – 1995. In 1996 she was a field organizer for National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL). She also served as a campaign organizer and later the development director for Audubon Washington. Beth has worked in public, private, and non-profit sectors, and has served in leadership staff positions in numerous political campaigns.
Beth has volunteered countless hours in the social service sector with Solid Ground and Noel House Homeless Shelter, on international development in Nicaragua, various environmental organizations, as an advocate for parks and sidewalks and in her children’s elementary school as PTA President.
Beth has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in political science and telecommunications. She has been married for 21 years to Dr. Eddy Cates, a family physician at Pioneer Family Practice. A mom of two young boys, she enjoys the outdoors, cycling, yoga, running, and traveling.