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Bob Larson Millennium Permit Denied Pt 1
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: October 03, 2017

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I’m Bob Larson. A decision by the state Department of Ecology to deny a water quality permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview is being called questionable and politically motivated. Washington Farm Bureau CEO, John Stuhlmiller says the disappointment comes in that the decision appears to be based on non-water quality issues …

JOHN STUHLMILLER … “Extreme disappointment. So, when we’re looking at this there’s bullets in there that are very troubling because it’s all about scope. And, this is what we’ve been talking about for all these years is, you know, this permit is a 401 Certification, a water quality modification, if you will, permit. And, it gets into wetlands, but this is completely different. This is about train traffic, and it’s about all kinds of issues that are beyond the scope of the project and what its impact would be. So, that’s why it’s an extreme disappointment that we see this reach again.”

Stuhlmiller says DOE’s decision completely misses the point …

JOHN STUHLMILLER … “You look at the bullets that are pulled out and it talks about the complexity of the project. Well, you know, there’s no economic gain without a project so the complexity is irrelevant. The complexity in this case, the permit decision should be, does it irrevocably harm the environment specifically related to the environment?”

Stuhlmiller says it does not, but adds every issue the DOE brought up was addressed with mitigation in Millenniums request even though they have little to do with water quality at the proposed coal shipping terminal. Listen tomorrow for more on the issues raised by the DOE.

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