Department of Ecology News Release - February 14, 2012


Seven firms bid on Cherry Point terminal environmental review

BELLINGHAM – Seven consultants have submitted 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 a related railroad project.

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 contract will be between Whatcom County and the contractor. County officials opened the bids today at the Whatcom County Courthouse.

Bidders were invited to submit proposals up to 150 pages detailing their qualifications to conduct environmental studies needed for the evaluation and to prepare the draft and final EIS. The bid requirements and the official list of bidders are available online at the Whatcom County website. The county bid number is 12-08.

The county received bids from the following consulting firms:

The agencies will review all proposals, a process expected to take at least one month. Up to five of the bidders will be invited to make presentations to the agencies and respond to questions. The agencies expect to announce the successful bidder this spring.

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.


Media Contacts:

Tyler Schroeder, Whatcom County Planning Supervisor, 360-676-6907,

Larry Altose, Ecology media relations, 206-920-2600,

Katie Skipper, Ecology media relations, 360-715-5205,

Patricia Graesser 206-764-3760, Corps of Engineers media relations,

For more information:

Feb. 2, 2012 news release (

Jan. 12, 2012 news release (

Ecology's Gateway Pacific Terminal page (

Washington Office of Regulatory Assistance ( requires registration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District (

Ecology’s social media (