Administrative action underscores unusually lengthy review process
SEATTLE — A procedural action taken Tuesday by Millennium Bulk Terminals at the request of the Washington State Department of Ecology underscores the lengthy regulatory review process for the proposed export terminal project.
At the agency’s request, Millennium refiled its permit application for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview. The filing was done to accommodate inconsistencies in permitting deadlines between the state (Ecology) and federal governments (US Army Corps of Engineers).
Mariana Parks, spokeswoman for the Alliance, said that while the re-filing was merely an administrative correction, it highlights the ongoing regulatory review process for this project.
“This is another reminder of just how long this process has stretched out,” said Parks. “We continue to emphasize the economic importance of Millennium Bulk Terminals, both in terms of the jobs it would create and the value it would bring to Washington as the most trade-dependent state in the nation. Millennium has worked diligently to ensure this project meets the high standards for environmental protection in Cowlitz County and in Washington,” she added.
“We look forward to reviewing the U.S. Army Corps’ final EIS, the next major milestone for this project.”
Mike Bridges, president of the Longview/Kelso Building Trades/IBEW Local 48, added, “This project is essential to the wellbeing of Southwest Washington. It will bring thousands of jobs to a region that needs the work. This action is another unfortunate reminder that this project has taken far too long – and it’s far past time to make a decision.”