At Millennium, our team is committed to ensuring that our facility meets the high-quality environmental standards expected of a bulk commodity export terminal. We are fortunate to interact with local communities as well as regional and statewide agencies as we meet or exceed these standards.
A guiding tenant of our work is environmental stewardship, and our employees take that with them wherever they go. That includes our vice president of public affairs, Wendy Hutchinson. Wendy and her husband, Kelly Hardy, are also ranchers and owners of the Longreach Buffalo Company in Wyoming. They have been working to ensure high quality conservation practices keep Wyoming sustainable for livestock and wildlife.
Wendy and other ranchers were recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their conservation efforts on their ranches. Their efforts protect sagebrush habitat on lands that are vitally important to sage-grouse populations in the region.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the completion of the first nine “Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances” in Wyoming. These agreements identify environmental threats to local wildlife species such as grouse. Ranchers work with the agency to create a plan to protect the species on private lands and form an agreement to implement conservation practices. Once those practices are in place, ranchers continue to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to measure the plan’s overall effectiveness.
At a ceremony celebrating the agreements in Wyoming, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said, “The Fish and Wildlife Service would love to have healthy environments so that the need for a listing as threatened or endangered for this bird is not required or warranted because of the stuff that is happening on the ground.” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead also joined in the celebration.
Good environmental stewardship is more than a policy at Millennium. It’s an attitude that goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to safety and to our community. It’s also a mindset that guides our work in all areas at our site. Millennium has operated this terminal with zero environmental citations over three years – since we began operations. We’ve removed and recycled or reused more than 200,000 tons of materials at Millennium, including identifying charitable organizations that could utilize items that were on site when Millennium took over the property. This has resulted in the donation of dozens of excess fire extinguishers to Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue and hundreds of pieces of furniture to Habitat for Humanity. This is rewarding work we are proud to undertake, which helps our local community and the environment as well.