Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Document Library
HIA Informational Resources
Health Impact Assessment Project Update | January 19th, 2017
HIA Frequently Asked Questions | September 27, 2016
HIA Steering Committee
HIA Steering Committee Meeting Summary | December 12, 2016
HIA Steering Committee Meeting Summary | November 28, 2016
HIA Comment Card | November 28, 2016
HIA Steering Committee Meeting Summary | November 14, 2016
HIA Steering Committee Collaboration Agreement | November 14, 2016
HIA Steering Committee Meeting Summary | October 31, 2016
HIA Steering Committee Meeting Summary | October 17, 2016
HIA Steering Committee Meeting Summary | September 28, 2016
HIA Steering Committee Presentation | September 28, 2016
Steering Committee Meeting News Release | September 19, 2016
HIA Focus Groups
Health Impact Assessment Focus Group 4 | November 23, 2015
Health Impact Assessment Focus Group 3 | November 18, 2015
Health Impact Assessment Focus Group 2 | October 28, 2015
Health Impact Assessment Focus Group 1 | October 27, 2015
Health Impact Assessment Focus Group Presentation | October - November 2015
An HIA is a decision support tool for promoting sustainable and healthy communities.
The HIA will assess the potential health consequences, as identified by stakeholders and the public, related to the construction and operation of the proposed facility.
The assessment will focus on neighborhoods near the proposed project, as well as community facilities along the BNSF rail line in Cowlitz County.
Six Stages of an HIA:
1. Screening - Complete
2. Scoping - Complete
6. Monitoring & Evaluation
Where we are in the six stage process
1. Screening – Complete
Determine whether an HIA would add value to the decision-making process.
2. Scoping – Complete
Establish the team responsible for conducting the HIA and define roles. Determine which potential health impacts to evaluate, methods for analysis, and a work plan.
Develop a stakeholder engagement plan.
3. Assessment – Current Phase
Provide a profile of existing baseline health conditions and vulnerabilities.
Evaluate potential health impacts, including direction, severity, magnitude, and likelihood.
Strategies to manage identified adverse health impacts, including mitigation and/or prevention of negative impacts as well as enhancement of health benefits and prioritization of recommendations.
Develop the HIA report.
Communicate the findings and recommendations to public and stakeholders through publishing in a widely-available format.
6. Monitoring and Evaluation:
Impacts on decision-making processes and the final decision.
Impacts of the decision on health determinants and outcomes.
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.
NEPA Draft EIS
NEPA Draft Environmental Impact Statement
NEPA stands for National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA requires federal officials to consider environmental values alongside the technical and economic considerations that are inherent factors in federal decision making.
SEPA Final EIS
SEPA 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, permit, or a yes or no on the 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.
MILLENNIUM Bulk Terminals-Longview | NEPA / SEPA Environmental Impact Statements