This week, The Daily News in Longview reported that the deadline to appeal the critical areas permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project passed unceremoniously. With the passing of this deadline, MBT has now officially received its first permit for the project and the environmental impact statement (EIS) released by the state and county earlier this year is now final.
In the words of the senior environmental planner for Cowlitz County, Ron Malin, the “appeal ship has sailed.”
Millennium has worked for over five years to bring a safe, sustainable facility to Longview. The project will provide 1,000 jobs during construction and 130 permanent jobs upon completion. Once the facility is operational, it will also generate $5.9 million annually in local taxes.
CEO and President Bill Chapman told the Daily News, “We are delighted the permit and the Final Environmental Impact Statement will move forward without challenge. This confirms the project meets Washington’s strict environmental standards. We are grateful for the outpouring of local community support that has generated a momentum toward construction.”
Read the full piece from The Daily News here.