Millennium Bulk Terminals
MBTL submitted a Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA) for a proposed coal and bulk commodities export facility on February 22, 2012. The JARPA contains permit application information for federal, state, and local agencies. The coal export facility, as proposed, would be capable of receiving, stockpiling, blending and loading coal by conveyor onto ships for export. MBTL proposes bringing coal in by rail to the site, storing coal at the facility, and exporting coal on ships. The proposal includes two stages. Stage 1 plans indicate up to 25 million metric tons of coal would be handled and under Stage 2, the maximum would increase to 44 million metric tons of coal. The complete proposed facility would require construction of eight rail lines, two new docks, two shiploaders, four coal stockpile pads, and associated facilities, conveyors, and equipment.
The submission of the JARPA triggered an environmental review process under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Both phases of the proposed project will be addressed under SEPA. The SEPA review was complete in April 2017 while the NEPA review continues.
Following the completion of SEPA review, many other permits will be issued by Cowlitz County including a Critical Areas Permit, Shoreline permits and many site development and construction permits. The County is currently in the permitting phase for this project, all information related to County-issued permits will be posted on this page.
Description of Proposal: Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview, LLC proposes to construct and operate a shipping terminal to export coal at the site of the former Reynolds aluminum plant in Cowlitz County. The proposed project would cover approximately 190 acres of the site. As proposed, the facility would be capable of receiving, stockpiling, and loading coal by conveyor onto ships for export. Proposed activities include receiving coal at the site by rail, storing coal at the facility, and loading coal onto ships for export. The proposed project includes construction of eight rail lines on the site; two new docks on the Columbia River, two ship loaders; coal stockpile pads; and associated facilities, conveyors, and equipment.
Proponent: Millennium Bulk Terminals–Longview, LLC.
Location of the Proposal: The proposed coal export terminal would be located on 190 acres of a 540-acre area of land leased by Millennium Bulk Terminals. The project site is located in unincorporated Cowlitz County, Washington, along the Columbia River.
Full Project Information and a SEPA/NEPA Project Document Library is available on the
SEPA EIS - Complete - FEIS released April 28, 2017
The SEPA Final EIS was released on April 28, 2017. The Notice of Availability with information on viewing and downloading copies of the FEIS is available HERE. All project documents including links to each volume, chapter and associated appendices is available through the MBTL Project Website.
Direct Links to the SEPA FEIS: Final SEPA EIS
FEIS Summary - an overview chapter of the project, impacts and proposed mitigation
FEIS Chapter 2 - Proposed Action
FEIS Chapter 8 -Required Permits
The SEPA Draft EIS was released for public review on April 29, 2016 and the comment period closed on June 13, 2016. Three public hearings were held May 24 in Cowlitz County, May 26 in Spokane, and June 2 in Pasco, with an open house and information available at each event. Oral testimony and written comments were accepted during the public hearings and open houses.
NEPA EIS - Current Status
The NEPA Draft EIS was released for public review on September 30, 2016. Public hearings were held on October 24 in Cowlitz County and October 25 in Clark County, with an open house and information available at each event. Oral testimony and written comments were accepted during the public hearings and open houses. The NEPA FEIS is expected to be released in 2017.
Critical Areas Permit
Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, LLC (MBTL) submitted an application for a Critical Areas Permit on May 22nd, 2017. A Critical Areas Permit is issued in accordance with Cowlitz County Code Chapter 19.15 and identifies project impacts to critical areas. Cowlitz County issued a notice of complete application to MBTL on May 29th, 2017 and the Critical Areas Permit was issued on July 19th, 2017. Below are documents related to this permit action: Critical Areas Permit Application Submitted May 22nd, 2017
Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permit
NO. SL 17-0992, submitted by Millennium Bulk Terminals- Longview, LLC, to construct and operate a coal shipping and export terminal within the shoreline jurisdiction of the Columbia River. The proposed project includes construction of eight rail lines on the site; two new docks on the Columbia River, dredging to enable vessel access between the Columbia River shipping lanes and the new docks, two ship loaders; coal stockpile pads; and associated facilities, conveyors, and equipment. The project is located at 4029 Industrial Way, Longview, WA, within, Sections 25, 26, 35 and 36 Township 9 North, Range 3 West, W.M; approximately river mile 63; parcel #s 619530100,61950,61953, WDNR Aquatics Land Lease #20-B09222, and BPA Parcels 61954 and 6195303. The Columbia River at the Project location is an Urban Shoreline of Statewide Significance.
Full information related to the public hearing for the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permits can be found at the Hearing Examiner's page located HERE.