Department of Ecology News Release - May 24, 2016

Comments sought on draft environmental study for coal export facility near Longview
First of three public hearings scheduled for May 24 in Cowlitz County

LONGVIEW – Anyone interested in commenting on the draft environmental study for the proposed coal export terminal by Millennium Bulk Terminals –Longview in Cowlitz County, will have their chance at the public hearing Tuesday, May 24, in Longview.

Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology are holding an open house with the hearing to give people a chance to learn about the project and its potential impacts. After brief presentations at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to make formal comment. The hearing will recess from 4 to 5 p.m.

The draft environmental study is an impartial, comprehensive document that provides information for decision-makers responsible for issuing permits. The study is not a decision about the proposal. Potential environmental impacts of the proposed project and options to avoid or minimize impacts are described in the draft study.

Those unable to attend the hearing can submit comments online or by mail to Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS, c/o ICF International, 710 Second Avenue, Suite 550, Seattle, WA 98104.

The 45-day public comment period ends June 13. Only comments received during the official comment period can be considered by the co-lead partners.

Additional hearings for this project are scheduled in Spokane on May 26 and Pasco on June 2. More information is available online.

Public Hearing Information

Cowlitz County
Tuesday, May 24, from 1 – 9 p.m.
Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Ave., Longview, WA 98632

Spokane
Thursday, May 26, from 1 – 9 p.m.
Spokane Convention Center
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201

Pasco
Thursday, June 2, from 1 – 9 p.m.
TRAC Center
6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco, WA 99301

Contacts:
Elaine Placido, Cowlitz County Director of Building & Planning, 360-577-3052 ext. 6662
David Bennett, Department of Ecology communications, 360-407-6990 @ecySW