Coalexport terminal backer challenges states permit denial

first_imgSEATTLE — A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview’s lawsuit claims the state Department of Ecology violated federal and state laws when it denied the project a water quality certification last month.The lawsuit filed in Cowlitz County Superior Court alleges the denial was based on “biased and prejudiced decision-making.”The company also appealed the decision to a state shoreline hearings board.Millennium, owned by Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, has sought to build a facility along the Columbia River to handle up to 44 million tons of coal a year.Trains would carry the coal from Montana, Wyoming and other states, which would be loaded onto ships headed to Asia. It would be one of the largest in North America.“Today’s filings demonstrate Ecology invented special rules in a unique and unprecedented process in the evaluation of Millennium’s project,” company CEO and president Bill Chapman told reporters in a call Tuesday.last_img

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