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July 19, 2017

Millennium Bulk Terminals Receives First Permit, Enters New Phase of Project Development

LONGVIEW, WA – Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview (MBTL) obtained its first permit needed for the Coal Export Terminal from the Cowlitz County Department of Building and Planning. The Critical Areas Permit was issued today, signaling the Coal Export Terminal project has entered a new phase after more than five-years of evaluation by regulatory agencies.

“Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview has entered a new and exciting phase with the receipt of our Critical Areas Permit,” said MBTL President and CEO Bill Chapman. “Today this project took another significant step forward. We are absolutely delighted to see the agencies begin permit issuance based on their extensive Environmental Impact Statement.”

“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,” Chapman continued. “There is more work to do before construction can begin and this is a strong start.”

The Critical Areas Permit program has been designed to protect critical areas. These critical areas include wetlands and fish habitat areas. The issuance of this Critical Areas Permit indicates that Cowlitz County has approved Millennium’s plans to protect these critical areas.

About Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview

Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview is an operating bulk materials port on the Columbia River which was initially home to an aluminum smelter. Millennium is committed to the environmental cleanup and redevelopment of this 1940’s era industrial site into a vibrant, world-class port facility that will create family-wage jobs and help keep Longview and Cowlitz County working. In addition to the coal export facility, Millennium is actively seeking development of the site for other bulk commodity import and export opportunities.

Facts and Figures     

• 2,650 direct and indirect jobs
• $680 million private investment in Cowlitz County
• $43.1 million in state and local taxes during construction
• $5.4 million in state and local taxes each year when fully operational
• Supported by 15 labor unions and endorsed by Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce

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