Washington export terminal gets first permit

E&E News, Dylan Brown, July 20, 2017

Millennium Bulk Terminals received a key permit for a proposed $680 million export facility along the Columbia River in Longview, Wash.

County officials in southwestern Washington state awarded a first approval to developers of a major coal export terminal there, part of an effort to increase shipments from the Pacific Northwest.

The move provides the venture with an important lifeline but doesn’t guarantee the project will come to fruition amid ongoing headwinds.

Millennium Bulk Terminals received a critical area permit for its proposed $680 million, 44-million-ton facility along the Columbia River in Longview.

Cowlitz County found the company could meet state standards for development in designated areas like wetlands, wildlife habitat and flood plains.

“It’s not an authorization to go construct, but it’s saying, ‘Hey, for all your critical area activity, this is what you’re going to have to do to be compliant,'” Nick Little, deputy director for Cowlitz County’s Building and Planning office, told the Longview Daily News.

While the county permit is the first of many required approvals for the 5-year-old proposal, Millennium President and CEO Bill Chapman hailed it as “a new and exciting phase.”

“Our goal of building a state-of-the-art export terminal in Cowlitz County, creating thousands of family-wage jobs and pumping millions in tax revenue into the Washington economy is now closer than ever,” he said.

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