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Nearly 250,000 comments have poured in on the oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver. Now it’s time for the state to shovel through the mountain of public opinion about what would be the nation’s largest rail to marine transfer terminal.

The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council heard the tally at its Tuesday meeting in Olympia, and it was met with a quiet realization that the council and its staff have a lot of reading to do.

The council collected 60 days of written and in-person comments on the oil terminal’s draft environmental impact statement, which was issued in November.

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