Cowlitz County, WA recently issued a letter announcing the beginning of a 95-day comment period, from August 16 to November 18, requesting comments on the appropriate scope of the EIS for the proposed Millenium coal terminal at Longview. This is the second largest of the three coal terminals actively under review in the Northwest. There are a variety of ways to submit your comments, detailed here. All comments will be given consideration by the agencies.
Unlike the DEQ hearing regarding the permitting of the Morrow Pacific Terminal Project in Boardman, OR, Washington’s scoping comment collection and hearing process welcomes input on all aspects of coal export. This ranges from strip mine extraction in the Powder River Basin, transportation through our region, and the effects of burning the coal in Asia.
The first in a series of scoping hearings throughout Washington will take place on Tuesday, September 17th, 5-8pm at the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview, WA. Although the oral testimony period is limited to two minutes, you may email/send in as many comments as you like. We encourage you to attend the Longview hearing to show opposition to the development of the Longview Terminal.
For assistance on writing comments and testimonies, visit www.powerpastcoal.org or read 101 Reasons to Be Against Coal Exports.
Workshops on comment-writing will be held at the following locations:
- Longview: Monday, August 26, 6:30pm. Cowlitz PUD, 961 12th Ave
- Portland: Saturday, September 7, 3:00-5:00pm. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park