Environmentalists are set to meet in Mount Vernon to protest the proposed Bellingham coal terminal and the affect it could have as about 20 trains a day transport the coal through Western Washington.

Environmentalists are set to meet in Mount Vernon to protest the proposed Bellingham coal terminal and the affect it could have as about 20 trains a day transport the coal through Western Washington.

The Skagit Valley Herald says the meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon is being hosted by nine environmental groups from Skagit and Whatcom counties.

The $600 million cargo terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham is expected to create 1,700 jobs for construction and 250 permanent jobs as well as generate $54 million in annual tax revenues.

Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com