November 1, 2017
Stage One of Millennium Project is Focus of Shoreline Permits Hearing
LONGVIEW, WA — Starting Thursday Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview (MBT) will present a fact-based case that demonstrates approval of its Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permits – for the first stage of the project – is warranted because the $680-million coal export terminal meets the strict environmental laws of Washington State.
The first stage of the project involves construction activities to revitalize the old Reynolds aluminum smelter for export capacity of 25 million tonnes of coal annually. Today Millennium is handling coal for domestic industrial use and has an existing dock which is maintained to receive alumina for transport by rail to Wenatchee, Washington.
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.
“An important distinction about this permit hearing is that it is strictly focused on stage one of the two stages of Millennium’s investment in Cowlitz County,” said Wendy Hutchinson, Millennium Bulk Terminals’ Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. “The Final Environmental Impact Statement studied the terminal at full operation. However, the shorelines permits under consideration today are just for Stage 1, which is the infrastructure needed to handle 25 million metric tonnes of coal annually. ”
The three to four-day shoreline hearing ending on November 6 or 7 will take place from 9-5 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Expo Center at 1900 7th Avenue in Longview. Millennium and its supporters head into Thursday’s hearing with momentum stemming from project wins last week.
Last Friday Cowlitz County Superior Court 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.
Earlier last week Millennium 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