September 30, 2016
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Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports Responds to the Release of Federal EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals
SEATTLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its long awaited draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview today, marking the end of the most comprehensive and exhaustive federal review ever conducted of any infrastructure project on the Columbia River.
“We’re happy the Army Corps followed through on the process – even if it took an unprecedented four years to complete,” Kathryn Stenger, spokeswoman for the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports. “It is a fact that Millennium is spending millions of dollars cleaning up a former industrial site, and transitioning the property into a first-class export terminal capable of shipping all sorts of commodities to destinations around the globe. The people of Longview look to Millennium as an essential component of rebuilding the local economy, and the hundreds of jobs created by the port are vital to its future. Given the length of time, there can be no doubt that the Corps devoted enough attention and resources into preparing this document; it’s time to move the process forward.”
Located on a 530-acre heavy industrial site that’s been underutilized for more than a decade, Millennium will support more than 2,600 jobs during construction and a full-time complement of 300 family wage positions once operations commence.
“There’s no doubt that we need the jobs in this area, and that the economy isn’t as vibrant here as it is in Seattle and King County,” said Lee Newgent, the executive secretary of the Washington Building & Construction Trades Council. “The Millennium team should be commended for their commitment to building a first-class export facility that exceeds the state’s high environmental standards while also providing jobs that can support families in southeastern Washington.”
Expanding Millennium Bulk Terminals would also support infrastructure investments needed to move many Washington commodities according to John Stuhlmiller, CEO of the Washington Farm Bureau.
“Washington’s farmers rely on port and rail infrastructure to get their products to markets around the world,” said Stuhlmiller. “Investment in infrastructure to carry all goods—whether it is wheat and potatoes or coal and airplanes—is crucial to our state’s overall trade picture. Farmers and growers understand the more opportunity Washington has to export, the greater the willingness there will be to invest in the infrastructure to support these exports. For this reason, we look forward to voicing our support for Millennium Bulk Terminal’s expansion and the investment in added export infrastructure it will promote.”
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