SEPA Draft EIS Public Hearing and Open House Schedule – Now Closed
Cowlitz County and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) made the Draft EIS available for review and comment from April 29 through June 13, 2016. The public comment period is now closed. Public hearings were held during the comment period to collect public comments. The materials available at the public hearings are provided at the tab below.
Public meetings for the SEPA Draft EIS are now complete
Longview – CLOSED | Approx. 1,200 attended
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Ave., Longview, WA 98632
Spokane – CLOSED | Approx. 500 attended
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Spokane Convention Center
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201
Pasco – CLOSED | Approx. 200 attended
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco, WA 99301
At each public hearing, presentations were given at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. followed by oral public comments. Court reporters were also available to take oral comments in a private setting, and written comments could be submitted in the open house area. Additionally, project staff were available in the open house area to answer questions about the SEPA Draft EIS.
SEPA Draft EIS Public Hearing and Open House Materials
Public Hearing and Open House Documentation from May and June 2016
Draft EIS at-a-glance
Draft EIS Fact Sheets
Panorama de los Borradores de las EIS
Borradores de las EIS - Boletines Informativos
The purpose of an EIS is to conduct an assessment of probable, significant and adverse impacts from the proposal and possible mitigation measures.
The environmental review process is not a decision. It is not a permit.
It is not a yes or no about this project.
SEPA provides opportunities for the public to have a voice in the environmental review process.
Public Hearings Attendance
Longview | approx. 1,200
Spokane | approx. 500
Pasco | approx. 200
The public comment period is now closed.
Public comments were submitted via the online web form, by mail, and orally and in writing at public hearings held in May and June 2016.
The SEPA Draft EIS public comment period was from April 29 – June 13, 2016 and is now closed.
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 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, 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
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The public comment period is from Sept. 30, 2016 – Nov. 29, 2016.
Comments should be focused on the content of the document.