Department of Ecology News Release - February 2, 2012

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Bid deadline extended for proposed Cherry Point terminal environmental review

BELLINGHAM – Environmental consultants have an additional week to submit bids to support Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in preparing the agencies’ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate a proposed bulk cargo marine terminal at Cherry Point in north Puget Sound and construct related railroad connections.

Bid proposals are due by 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2012 at the Whatcom County Courthouse. The county’s public competitive bidding process is being used to select a contractor to prepare the environmental analysis for the three public agencies.

The bid request details are available online, at the Whatcom County website. The county bid number is 12-08. The full bid document, the Request for Proposals (RFP), and amendments to it may be obtained by calling the county’s purchasing office at 360-676-6734, extension 50191.

Pacific International Terminals, a subsidiary of SSA Marine Inc. (SSA), proposes to build and operate the Gateway Pacific Terminal between Ferndale and Blaine. The terminal would provide storage and handling of exported and imported dry bulk commodities, including coal, grain, iron ore, salts and alumina. BNSF Railway Inc. proposes to add rail facilities and install a second track along the six-mile Custer Spur.

The county will follow its normal practice of publicly opening the bids after the deadline and announcing the names of all submitters.

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Media Contacts:

Tyler Schroeder, Whatcom County Planning Supervisor, 360-676-6907, tschroed@co.whatcom.wa.us

Larry Altose, Ecology media relations, 206-920-2600, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

Katie Skipper, Ecology media relations, 360-715-5205, katie.skipper@ecy.wa.gov

Patricia Graesser 206-764-3760, Corps of Engineers media relations, Patricia.graesser@us.army.mil

For more information:

Jan. 12, 2012 news release (www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2012/012.html)

Bid information, Whatcom County (www.co.whatcom.wa.us/as/finance/purchasing/current_bids/index.jsp)

Ecology's Gateway Pacific Terminal page (www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/gatewaypacific)

Whatcom County's Gateway Pacific Terminal page (www.co.whatcom.wa.us/pds/plan/current/gpt-ssa/index.jsp)

Washington Office of Regulatory Assistance (http://iprmt.ora.wa.gov/ requires registration)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District (www.nws.usace.army.mil)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)