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Washington blocked a coal terminal under the Clean Water Act. New rules could subvert that authority. At nearly 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is part of the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Meanwhile, about a thousand miles south in Longview, Washington, on the banks of the Columbia River, decades of industrial waste mar the proposed site for the largest bulk coal terminal in North America. On the surface, these places may not have much in common, but they're both part of a simmering nationwide conflict over state and federal power. In the Tongass, that means the Trump administration deferring to Alaska's desire to rewrite federal rules to promote logging, while in Longview, that looks like an executive order designed to limit a state's ability to block fossil fuel projects — including the Millennium coal export terminal. The Trump administration's treatment of these areas demonstrates its all-in support for extractive industries. In