November 6, 2017
On Final Day of Hearing Millennium Makes Strong, Fact-Base Case for Granting Stage One Shoreline Permits
GHG expert testifies global emissions will be less with Millennium project than without project
LONGVIEW, WA – On the third and final day of the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permits hearing for Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview (MBT) expert witnesses wrapped up testimony by emphasizing the ways the project meets the Shoreline Management Act.
Wendy Hutchinson, Millennium Bulk Terminals’ Vice President of Government and Public Affairs reinforced after the hearing that “Industrial sites are a preferred use under the Shoreline Management Act. Millennium’s project is consistent with the goals of the Act, especially given our project will be built on an existing industrial property that leverages existing rail and vessel access. The Comprehensive Plan of Cowlitz County encourages this industrial use and diversification to grow the economy. Millennium exemplifies that vision.”
Testimony earlier in the day from an energy economist said that building and operating the Millennium project can reduce global Green House Gas (GHG) emissions when all components of the full life cycle analysis are considered.
Julie M. Carey, a Director for NERA Economic Consulting’s Energy, Environment, Communications and Infrastructure practice was one of seven experts and Millennium staff to testify when the hearing resumed at the Cowlitz County Event Center Monday, November 6, 2017.
Carey testified that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) included a complete Green House Gas (GHG) emissions lifecycle analysis. However when the findings were announced, Ecology excluded portions of the full analysis, such as that the Powder River Basin Coal has lower GHG emissions from the mining process than the coal it will displace.
“The Final Environmental Impact Statement substantially overstated Green House Gas in all scenarios by picking and choosing elements to exclude such as the coal mining offset and transport offset…” Carey stated. “…Evidence shows…the project will result in net benefits in Green House Gas emissions” had Ecology included all of the components of their own life cycle analysis.
Additional expert analysis on air quality, diesel particulate matter and vessel safety was provided for consideration.
Over the course of the three-day hearing proponent attendance significantly outnumbered opposition attendance.
The hearing examiner indicated he will issue his decision on the Shoreline Permits for this world class port facility within the required 10 business days.
Why Millennium Needs Shoreline Permits
The Shoreline Permits for the first stage of the project will be for construction activities to revitalize the old Reynolds aluminum smelter for export capacity of 25 million tonnes of coal annually. Stage one of Millennium’s investment includes:
- Infrastructure to transload coal from trains to storage to ships,
- A rail yard for management of unit trains,
- One dock with a ship loader, and
- One additional dock for holding vessels when they are not being loaded.
Recent Millennium Wins
Millennium has received its critical areas permit. A Cowlitz County Superior Court has overturned the decision made last January to deny Millennium a sublease to operate docks at the former Reynolds Aluminum facility in Longview. The judge ruled that the Department of Natural Resources acted without regard to the facts and asked the parties to reach agreement on a sublease and present it to the court for approval.
Millennium has received its critical areas permit. Millennium has filed a lawsuit in Cowlitz County Superior Court against the Department of Ecology and its Director Maia Bellon. The company also appealed the denial of its water quality certification to Washington’s Pollution Control Hearings Board. Visit www.MillenniumBulk.com/appeal for more information.
About Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview
Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview is an operating bulk materials port on the Columbia River which was initially home to an aluminum smelter. Millennium is committed to the environmental cleanup and redevelopment of this 1940’s era industrial site into a vibrant, world-class port facility that will create family-wage jobs and help keep Longview and Cowlitz County working. In addition to the coal export facility, Millennium is actively seeking development of the site for other bulk commodity import and export opportunities.
Facts and Figures
- 2,650 direct and indirect jobs
- $680 million in private investment in Cowlitz County
- $43.1 million in state and local revenue during construction
- $5.4 million in state and local revenue each year when fully operational
- Supported by 15 labor unions and endorsed by Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce