Millennium Files Coal Terminal Permit Appeal

 05 Dec 2017 11.27am

Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview has filed a suit at a court in the US state of Washington over the handling of information it needed for a coal export terminal Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

County hearing examiner Mark Scheibmeir on November 14, 2017 had denied shoreline permits for a coal terminal in the state.

Millennium’s plans didn’t sufficiently compensate for adverse effects on rail capacity, noise pollution and tribal resources as well as several others, he said.

Millennium responded by filing a lawsuit at Thurston County Superior Court against the Washington State Department of Ecology, which is responsible for state-wide environmental protections, on December 4, 2017.

In a separate filing, Millennium also appealed the November 14, 2017 decision on its Shoreline Permits to the Shoreline Hearings Board.

Read a related paper from Ausenco on the recent events in the coal market and their impact on terminals.

As the basis for the suit, Millennium said the department withheld information that was used in criticism of its FEIS.

Millennium experts provided data on air quality, diesel particulate matter and vessel safety during the hearing on the permits on November 6, 2017.

Millennium’s expert witnesses said the project met Washington State laws under the Shoreline Management Act.

One witness, Julie Carey, a Director for NERA Economic Consulting, testified to the FEIS’s inclusion of a complete greenhouse gas emissions lifecycle analysis.

When the findings were announced at that hearing, the department excluded portions of the full analysis, such as that the Powder River Basin Coal produced lower greenhouse gas emissions during the process of mining it than the coal it would displace, Millennium said.

The case continues in the Washington courts.

Read more: Also in Washington, Everett Port plans to open bids for a firm to strengthen dock structures and make electrical upgrades to allow for two rail-mounted container cranes.

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