Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview (MBTL) proposal
Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview, LLC (MBTL) has submitted an application for a proposed coal export terminal at the site of the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter, in Cowlitz County.
Ecology and Cowlitz County are co-lead agencies preparing an EIS under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a separate EIS under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The Draft EIS for SEPA is now available. The comment period is from April 29 to June 13. Comments can be submitted
online, by mail, or at public hearings.
All comments are valued equally. Only comments received during the official
comment period will be considered by the agencies. The comments should provide
feedback on the studies and analysis in the environmental review.
Public hearings and open houses are scheduled for:
- May 24 – Longview, Cowlitz County Regional Event Center (directions), 1 to 9 p.m.
- May 26 – Spokane, Spokane Convention Center (directions), 1 to 9 p.m.
- June 2 – Pasco, TRAC Center (directions), 1 to 9 p.m.
Presentations will begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and then public comments will be accepted. Speakers will be limited to two minutes. Comments also can be provided to a court reporter or in written format.
Mail your comments to:
Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS
c/o ICF International
710 Second Ave, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98104
The co-lead agencies maintain a joint website for updates on the project: http://www.millenniumbulkeiswa.gov/
Current Activities at Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview
MBTL currently uses an existing dock to import bulk alumina by vessel. The bulk alumina is stored on site and transported to an Alcoa smelter in Wenatchee. The site is also used to import a small amount of coal by rail for use by the neighboring Weyerhaeuser complex. These existing operations will continue and are separate from the coal export terminal proposal.
Cleanup of the Site
The Reynolds Metals Company owned and operated the site as an aluminum smelter from 1941 to 2000. Alcoa purchased Reynolds Metals Company in 2000. Alcoa sold the site assets to Longview Aluminum LLC in 2001 and the smelter was permanently closed after the sale in 2001. Chinook Ventures purchased the facility through the Longview Aluminum bankruptcy proceedings in 2004. Northwest Alloys, a subsidiary of Alcoa, remains the property owner. MBTL owns the facility assets on the site.
Cleaning up the existing site is Ecology’s first priority for the property. Ecology is overseeing work being done by Northwest Alloys-Alcoa and MBTL to investigate and cleanup the site under the State’s Model Toxics Control Act. Cleanup efforts at the site are already in progress and are handled separately from the coal export terminal proposal.
April 29, 2016 Draft environmental study released for coal export proposal near Longview - Public can comment April 29 through June 13
April 7, 2016 Draft environmental review for proposed Longview coal export terminal set for late April release
Oct 23, 2015 New environmental review schedule for Millennium project - Partnership between Cowlitz County and Ecology works toward April 30, 2016 release
Feb 11, 2014 Environmental study phase to begin for proposed coal terminal in Cowlitz County
Oct 3, 2013 Agencies seek public input on environmental review for Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview proposal at scoping meetings
Oct 1, 2013 Legal agreement amended to include separate environmental reviews for proposed Longview-area coal shipping terminal
Sept. 24 Oct 1 meeting set in Pasco for public input on scope for Millennium coal export proposal environmental review
Sep 6, 2013: Extended meeting times, ground rules for meetings announced by agencies seeking input on environmental reviews for export terminal proposal
Aug 9, 2013: Scoping to begin Aug. 16 for environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview proposal
May 21, 2013: Cowlitz County, Washington Dept. of Ecology, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Apr 1, 2013: Consultant selected for environmental review of proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview project
Oct 9, 2012: Ecology, Cowlitz County, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agree on joint environmental review of Millennium coal export proposal
May 18, 2012: Ecology, Cowlitz County to co-lead environmental review of proposed coal terminal near Longview