April 28, 2017
Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Reaches Important Milestone with release of Final EIS
LONGVIEW, WA – Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview reached another significant milestone for its proposed coal export terminal today when Cowlitz County and Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The completion of the FEIS concludes a thorough independent Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) study, under a regulatory process that began in February 2012.
“Today we are celebrating the completion of another strong step forward,” said Bill Chapman, President and CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview. “This independent state study shows we can achieve our goals to bring more family-wage jobs to Longview while meeting the high standards for environmental protection in Cowlitz County and Washington State,” Chapman continued. “We have carefully designed the project to protect air and water quality, fish and wildlife, groundwater and people in accordance with regulatory requirements.”
During the five year process, 10 public meetings across the state of Washington were provided for the public to comment on the project. The agency considered those comments before the SEPA Final EIS was published today. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to finalize its Environmental Impact Statement early this summer.
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 private investment in Cowlitz County
• $43.1 million in state and local taxes during construction
• $5.4 million in state and local taxes each year when fully operational
• Supported by 15 labor unions and endorsed by Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce