Recently, the state Department of Ecology (DOE) requested that Millennium Bulk Terminals resubmit its water quality certification permit for the export terminal project proposed for Longview. Millennium President and CEO Bill Chapman said the resubmission won’t significantly delay the project which has been under review by the state and federal authorities for more than five years.
So what does this delay cost? A recent article in The Daily News suggested that by dragging its feet, the DOE is preventing growth in the Longview job market, diminishing U.S. export capacity, and denying $5.4 million in state and local tax revenue to communities who need it.
The bottom line is that Millennium is eager to invest in Washington and committed to meeting the state’s stringent environmental safety standards. In its resubmitted application, the company shortened its proposed dock on the Columbia River by 142 feet, reducing the amount of sand dredged for the project by 150,000 cubic yards. “Our goal has always been to minimize our environmental footprint and we are successfully doing that as we get into the design details,” Mr. Chapman said.
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