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Bob Larson Millennium Appeal Pt 2
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: November 09, 2017

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I’m Bob Larson. The Department of Ecology’s denial of a water quality permit for Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed port expansion near Longview has led to frustration and the company’s appeal over what it calls DOE’s continued hostility.

Washington Farm Bureau CEO, John Stuhlmiller says Ecology needs to stay on topic…

JOHN STUHLMILLER … “It’s not the water quality certification of old, if you will, which was hard enough mind you, and a good comprehensive piece, one of many many pieces to make a project in total, all of the permits and requirements, but that one you can’t boot-strap on to the water quality certification the impacts of air quality, travel down the rail lines, safety on rail lines, you know that’s not part of a water quality certification approval or denial … shouldn’t be.”

Stuhlmiller says in the end, this is not just about coal, it’s about any commodity that ships through our state …

JOHN STUHLMILLER … “The more ability to move product to Asia, you have several good things. One, it reduces the cost of shipping because you have more movement so the shipping company doesn’t have to make it off the backs of, you know, one farmer shipping or whatever, right? So, there’s good movement in commerce and the more port facilities you have, the more ways to get there, it means that not all product has to go through one or two choke points.”

Stuhlmiller says this project represents a vital piece of Washington’s export infrastructure that would benefit everyone.

Recent hearings for Millennium drew hundreds of supporters from business organizations, construction trade groups, pro-trade and export groups.

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