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Judge sides with developers of Longview coal terminal

From the Associated Press:

A Washington state judge on Friday handed a victory to the developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the state acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought for the project.

The decision, by Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning, followed a series of […]


Proposed coal terminal in Longview hits setback Longview coal terminal environmental study to 2016

From an article titled ‘State delays coal terminal environmental study to 2016’ in The Daily News:

A draft environmental study for the $643 million Longview coal terminal that had been due in November has been postponed until 2016, the state Department of Ecology announced Thursday.

A schedule that Gov. Jay Insleeā€™s office agreed to a […]


Alcoa forming public advisory board as part of Reynolds site cleanup

The owner of Longview’s former Reynolds Metals Co. aluminum making site is assembling an advisory board of community leaders to stay abreast of the company’s efforts to clean up industrial contamination.

Alcoa owns the land at the 416-acre site and leases the buildings to Millennium Bulk Terminals, which plans to build a coal export terminal […]


Millennium buys more riverfront land; Port of Longview says move may hinder its growth

Millennium Bulk Terminals announced Friday the purchase of 20 acres of Columbia River shoreline property in West Longview. The acquisition will help the company develop wetlands and environmentally sensitive land as it seeks to build a coal terminal nearby. But Port of Longview officials say it could hamper the port’s development of a Barlow Point […]


Alcoa plan for Reynolds cleanup completion coming next year

Alcoa Inc. will submit a clean-up plan for soil and groundwater contamination at the former Reynolds aluminum smelter site in West Longview early next year, the company announced.

Alcoa is leasing the building and equipment on the site to Millennium Bulk Terminals, which is seeking to build a coal export terminal. Millennium, which bought in […]


Millennium and Northwest Alloys seek dock improvements

Millennium Bulk Terminals and a subsidiary of Alcoa Corp. are seeking to improve a dock at the former Reynolds Metals Co. site to boost alumina imports, the companies announced Wednesday.

Northwest Alloys, a wholly owned Alcoa subsidiary that owns the terminal and dock, and Millennium filed permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday […]


Millennium focused on cleanup as coal terminal process plays out

Chinook Ventures built this conveyor system without permits and it must be removed, according to Millennium staff.

When Millennium Bulk Terminals bought the buildings and equipment for $10.9 million at the former Reynolds Metals Co. site in January, company officials say they found a mess they needed to clean up if they wanted to […]


Companies sizing up Oregon ports for coal exports

The Port of Morrow on the Columbia River in Oregon is one of several ports — including St. Helens in Oregon and Longview in Washington — that are in play for exporting coal to Asia.

Coal companies, including a parent of the company proposing to build a terminal in Longview, are investigating the possibility […]


Longview: Coal terminal opponents make new push following fire

Tuesday’s fire at the site of a proposed coal terminal has reignited calls from opponents who say coal and Millennium Bulk Logistics have no place in Cowlitz County.

“(Former owner) Alcoa and the state Department of Ecology need to step up and get this place cleaned up,” said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, […]


Environmental group sues Chinook Ventures over clean-water permits

Longview-based Chinook Ventures has not obtained proper clean-water permits while redeveloping the former Reynolds Metals Co. site along the Columbia River, a Portland-based environmental group alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. Columbia Riverkeeper officials say they want the state Department of Ecology to require Chinook to obtain permits for handling aluminum mill waste and […]