The fourth scoping meeting was held Wednesday at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Ridgefield where representatives from the state’s leading labor and agriculture organizations showed up in support of Millennium Bulk Terminals.
Millennium appreciates the hundreds of residents who have attended these scoping meetings and urged regulators to use a fair and independent standard when analyzing this proposal. With the environmental review underway, it’s important that local voices are heard at these meetings.
One of those voices is State Representative Liz Pike from Camas. “Economic development or environmental protection – that is a false choice,” she said at Wednesday’s meeting. “We can do both and put people back to work in Southwestern Washington. Private investment in port export infrastructure is exactly what the State of Washington should be supporting,”
With unemployment in Washington rising for the second month in a row, the jobs provided by an expanded export industry will bring tremendous benefits to the region.
“Millennium has a positive working relationship with the labor community and has worked hard to commit to creating local, family-wage jobs that include opportunities for apprenticeship,” said Jeff Washburn, President of the Kelso/Longview Building and Trades Council. “We have members who live throughout Southwestern Washington. Our entire region will benefit from Millennium.”
To complete the project, Millennium will be investing over $600 million in facilities and infrastructure improvements. These investments will help spur economic activity in our trade-dependent region.
“Union Pacific is one of the leading transportation companies in the United States, and we support the development of the Millennium Bulk Terminals,” said Brock Nelson, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific. “We are committed to strengthening the regional economy, and investing in our nation’s infrastructure, and this proposal will allow us to do just that.”
This was the fourth scoping meeting in the environmental review process. The fifth and final meeting will be held next week in Tacoma. Millennium is grateful to the supporters who came out and submitted public comments at the meeting.