ANJE Backs Millennium Shoreline Permit Appeal, Public Records Lawsuit

Recent denial merits additional review of ruling, review of Ecology records

SEATTLE — Representatives from the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports applauded Millennium Bulk Terminals for today’s shoreline permit appeal and public records suit against the state Department of Ecology.

“This is about applying the rule of law, not advancing a political agenda,” said Mariana Parks, spokeswoman for the Alliance. “All permit applicants should be treated fairly, and their requests processed in a fair and timely manner. Millennium is nearly six years into this process and continues to fight for every permit in an uneven regulatory system. It’s time to see what Ecology has been saying in its own correspondence about this project.”

“Alliance members are hopeful that this permit, when viewed through the eyes of the law, will yield a more impartial result,” Parks added.

Mike Bridges, president of the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council, said he and his fellow trades workers support the appeal by Millennium and its continued push to complete the project.

“We need a fair and independent review of this permit, one that focuses on facts, not political agendas,” said Bridges. “The Building Trades support regulation that protects our communities and resources. But those regulations should be based on the current guidelines, not on requirements created during the review process. Employers are not going to want to bring projects to Washington if the permit process is unpredictable and never-ending. Our communities need the family-wage jobs these projects will provide to rebuild the middle class. We are hopeful this appeal will bring a rational perspective to this on-going problem, which will benefit Millennium and many other projects currently held up by our broken regulatory process.”