On Tuesday, Millennium supporters gathered at the TRAC Center in Pasco, Washington for the third of five scoping meetings. We thank those who attended as Millennium and continue to support a timely and predictable permitting process.
Community members from across the Tri-Cities region offered numerous comments to the co-lead agencies about how large infrastructure investments support many industries, including agriculture. “The agriculture industry relies on new markets abroad for much of our growth in the Northwest. That’s why I care about these terminals,” said Randy Mullen, owner of Mullen Farms. “Big investments benefit small businesses and rural communities by strengthening our regional economy at a time when we are struggling across many industries.”
The Tri-City Herald reported on Tuesday that many farmers from the Mid-Columbia area arrived to speak in favor of the proposed terminal. In addition to the strong support from the farming community, dozens of laborers, business owners and each local official in attendance supported the project and the benefits that the infrastructure improvements and increased trade would have on our state economy and agriculture industry.
Another local perspective was offered by Jerome Delvin, Benton County Commissioner: “It’s simple. Trade means jobs. We have an opportunity to put people back to work, and it is our responsibility to voice our support, and make sure the review process is done quickly.”
We return to Western Washington for the next meeting in Clark County on Wednesday, October 9. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings we encourage you to submit a comment using this easy to use online tool.