October 27, 2017
Judge Rules DNR Ignored the Facts on Millennium Sublease
Millennium moves forward despite invention of special rules and a unique and unprecedented process for its evaluation
LONGVIEW, WA — Cowlitz County Superior Court today overturned the political decision made last January by outgoing Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Peter Goldmark to deny Millennium a sublease to operate docks at the former Reynolds Aluminum facility in Longview. The judge ruled that DNR’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious”. This ruling confirms that the DNR acted without regard to the facts. The judge ordered DNR to reach agreement on a sublease and present it to the court for approval.
“It is significant that the judge ruled DNR acted without regard to the facts,” said Wendy Hutchinson, Millennium Bulk Terminals’ Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. “This decision validates our argument that when the law is fairly applied and facts are impartially weighed, Millennium’s project meets environmental standards and should be approved.
“If Washington wants to remain a leader in world trade, it is critically important that the laws be applied by regulatory agencies fairly and that trade projects be judged based on their compliance with existing rules of law,” Hutchinson concluded.
Today’s ruling underscores Millennium’s claim that some regulatory agencies have invented special rules and a unique and unprecedented process for its evaluation. Millennium remains committed to building their $680-million coal export terminal. The deep water port will create more than 2,600 jobs in rural Cowlitz County, Washington.
Earlier this 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.
Next week Millennium will be in front of the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner for evaluation of its shoreline permit application.
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
For more information visit www.MillenniumBulk.com.