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September 30, 2016

Momentum Building for Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview  

Release of Army Corps of Engineers Comprehensive Draft Environmental Impact Statement is Second Major Regulatory Milestone Reached for the Proposed Export Terminal this Year


Longview, Wash. – The Army Corps of Engineers released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a coal export facility located on a 1940’s era industrial site on the Columbia River in Cowlitz County, Washington.  The Millennium team is currently reviewing the 3,000 page document and remains committed to meeting federal environmental standards. Millennium is diligent about the environmental clean-up and redevelopment of the site into a vibrant, world-class port facility that will create family-wage jobs and meet strict environmental standards.

Bill Chapman, CEO for Millennium Bulk Terminals, issued the following statement, “Millennium Bulk Terminals is the right project in the right location to meet the increasing Asian demand for better quality American coals. Our project has been subjected to an unprecedented and rigorous environmental review process, further assuring that our commitment to exemplary environmental performance will be kept.  Both state and county regulators made it clear in their Draft Environmental Impact Statement that we can meet Washington’s strict environmental standards. We’re confident the federal draft environmental impact statement by the Army Corp of Engineers will also deliver a favorable review.”

To see a timeline for both environmental review projects at:

Support for Millennium from Longview Mayor Don Jensen, Longview/ Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council President Mike Bridges, and Kate Mickelson Executive Director, Columbia River Steamship Operators’ Association, Inc.

  • “Longview is a great place where rail, river, and roads all come together, making it ideal for export projects. Millennium offers the right opportunity for local family wage jobs, while cleaning up the riverfront and giving a new lease on life to the town’s old smelter site. I and the vast majority of the Longview City Council are in full support of the Millennium Bulk Terminals project.” – Longview Mayor Don Jensen
  • “Millennium earned the trust of those of us in local labor through five years of putting their money where their mouth is and hiring local union labor. We’re standing strong with Millennium and are ready to deliver the thousand building trades members to construct this world-class export facility.” – Mike Bridges, President of the Longview\Kelso Building and Construction Trades
  • “The Millennium Bulk project would be a valuable addition to our regional economy, create jobs, and be an asset to the surrounding communities and the economic outlook of our nation as a whole.” – Kate Mickelson Executive Director, Columbia River Steamship Operators’ Association, Inc.

Key Facts & Figures:

  • 2,650 direct and indirect jobs
  • $680 million private investment in Cowlitz County
  • $43.1 million in state and local taxes during constructions and $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
  • Permits filed 4 years, 7 months and 7 days ago

ABOUT MILLENNIUM BULK TERMINALS: 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.

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