SEPA Draft EIS released for public review and comment.
SEPA Draft EIS Public Comment Period:
April 29, 2016 through
June 13, 2016
Comments can be submitted in a variety of ways:
At the public hearings/open houses:
Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS, c/o ICF International, 710 Second Avenue, Suite 550, Seattle, WA 98104
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Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview, LLC Project SEPA/NEPA Environmental Impact Statements
An environmental impact statement provides an impartial discussion of the likely significant adverse environmental impacts of a proposal, reasonable alternatives, and mitigation measures that would avoid
or minimize the adverse impacts.
Proposal: Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview LLC (MBTL), based near Longview, Washington proposes to construct and operate a shipping terminal to export coal at the site of the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter in Cowlitz County. The MBTL proposal is for a facility that would ultimately have the capacity to handle 44 million metric tons of coal annually. Information on the proposal and the environmental analysis.
Lead Agencies: Cowlitz County (County), the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are serving as Lead Agencies, using a synchronized process to oversee preparation of an EIS under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and an EIS under the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
DEIS Public Comment Period
The 45 day public comment period for the SEPA Draft EIS began on
April 29, 2016. Click here to submit comments online.
Public hearings and open houses will be held:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m | Cowlitz County
Cowlitz County Event Center , 1900 7th Ave., Longview, WA 98632
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m | Spokane
Spokane Convention Center , 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Pasco
TRAC Center 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco, WA 99301
Presentations will begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Oral public comments will be taken during the public hearings. Speakers will be limited to two minutes. Comments can also be provided to a court reporter in a private setting, or in written format during the public hearings and the open houses.
In addition to providing comments during the public hearings and open houses, during the 45 day public comment period, comments can be submitted online or mailed. Only comments received during the official comment period will be considered by the Co-Lead Agencies.
Unlike scoping comments, which are intended to be broad in nature, comments on the SEPA Draft EIS should be focused on the content of the document.
El Departamento de Ecología del Estado de Washington y el condado de Cowlitz son las agencias a cargo de preparar la Declaración de Impacto Ambiental (EIS, por sus siglas en inglés) como parte de la Ley Estatal de Política Ambiental (SEPA, por sus siglas en inglés). El Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos es la agencia principal para la preparación de un estudio de impacto ambiental bajo la Ley Nacional de Política Ambiental (NEPA, por sus siglas en inglés).
El período de comentarios públicos de 45 días comenzará después del lanzamiento del Borrador de la EIS de SEPA el 29 de abril del 2016.
Una vez se haya lanzado este documento, el público podrá leer y descargar el estudio de impacto ambiental en este sitio web.
Se llevarán a cabo audiencias públicas y jornadas de puertas abiertas en las siguientes fechas:
24 de mayo - Cowlitz, Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 7th Ave., Longview, WA 98632, de 1 a 9 p.m.
26 de mayo - Spokane, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201, de 1 a 9 p.m.
2 de Junio - Pasco, TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco, WA 99301, de 1 a 9 p.m.
Habrá información sobre el proyecto en español disponible en las reuniones públicas.
Si desea solicitar un intérprete para una de las reuniones públicas, por favor llamar al 1-301-407-6555 por lo menos tres días antes de la reunión a la cual usted desea asistir.
Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview NEPA and SEPA Environmental Impact Statements
Cowlitz County and the Washington State Department of Ecology are co-lead agencies preparing an EIS under the State Environmental Policy Act.
On April 29, 2016 Cowlitz County and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview coal export terminal. The public and agencies are invited to review the document, provide comments, and attend a public hearing/open house.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) lead agency and is preparing a NEPA Draft EIS. The anticipated release date for the NEPA Draft EIS is in 2016.
Submit SEPA Comments
The 45 day public comment period is from April 29, 2016 - June 13, 2016.
Comments should be focused on the content of the document.
Health Impact Assessment
What is a Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
An HIA is defined as a combination of procedures, methods and tools that systematically judges the potential, and sometimes unintended, effects of a proposed program, project, plan, or policy on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population.
SEPA Draft EIS
SEPA Draft Environmental Impact Statement
SEPA requires agencies to take environmental factors into consideration before taking action on proposed projects. It’s important to emphasize that the environmental review process is not a decision. It is not a permit. It is not a yes or no about this project.
About this Site
This website is authorized and managed jointly by Cowlitz County, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The purpose of this site is to provide a frequently updated informational hub during the Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview, LLC NEPA and SEPA environmental review process.
Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview (MBTL) LLC, based in Longview, Washington proposes to construct and operate a coal export terminal at the site of the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter in Cowlitz County. The MBTL proposal is for a facility that would ultimately have the capacity to handle 44 million metric tons of coal annually.