Opponents of proposals to export coal to Asia through Northwest ports highly attended December 13 a public meeting held by federal, state, and local regulators who were seeking comment on how broad the scope of the environmental impact statement should be. The plan, developed by SSA Marine and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners, calls for the construction of a new Gateway Pacific Terminal on north Puget Sound near the Canadian Border that would ship up to 48 MMT coal/year. Organized labor and business backers support the project, while Native Americans, ranchers, and locals who live along the rail route are concerned that the plan would negatively impact fishing rites, sacred sites, water health, ranch integrity, noise pollution, traffic, and toxic coal dust.