Environmental Review
Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview (MBTL) proposal

Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview, LLC (MBTL) has submitted an application for a proposed coal export terminal at the site of the former Reynolds Aluminum smelter, in Cowlitz County.

Ecology and Cowlitz County are co-lead agencies preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Draft SEPA EIS is posted on the joint website.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a separate EIS under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Public Comment on the Draft SEPA EIS

The public comment period for the Draft SEPA EIS has closed. Comments will be posted on the joint website.

Public hearings and open houses were held in Cowlitz County, Spokane and Pasco in May and June 2016. Over 2,000 people attended the open houses and public hearings.

Current Activities at Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview

Existing Operations

MBTL currently uses an existing dock to import bulk alumina by vessel. The bulk alumina is stored on site and transported to an Alcoa smelter in Wenatchee. The site is also used to import a small amount of coal by rail for use by the neighboring Weyerhaeuser complex. These existing operations will continue and are separate from the coal export terminal proposal.

Cleanup of the Site

The Reynolds Metals Company owned and operated the site as an aluminum smelter from 1941 to 2000. Alcoa purchased Reynolds Metals Company in 2000. Alcoa sold the site assets to Longview Aluminum LLC in 2001 and the smelter was permanently closed after the sale in 2001. Chinook Ventures purchased the facility through the Longview Aluminum bankruptcy proceedings in 2004. Northwest Alloys, a subsidiary of Alcoa, remains the property owner. MBTL owns the facility assets on the site.

Cleaning up the existing site is Ecology’s first priority for the property. Ecology is overseeing work being done by Northwest Alloys-Alcoa and MBTL to investigate and cleanup the site under the State’s Model Toxics Control Act. Cleanup efforts at the site are already in progress and are handled separately from the coal export terminal proposal.

News Releases

April 29, 2016 Draft environmental study released for coal export proposal near Longview - Public can comment April 29 through June 13

April 7, 2016 Draft environmental review for proposed Longview coal export terminal set for late April release

Oct 23, 2015 New environmental review schedule for Millennium project - Partnership between Cowlitz County and Ecology works toward April 30, 2016 release

Feb 11, 2014 Environmental study phase to begin for proposed coal terminal in Cowlitz County

Oct 3, 2013 Agencies seek public input on environmental review for Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview proposal at scoping meetings

Oct 1, 2013 Legal agreement amended to include separate environmental reviews for proposed Longview-area coal shipping terminal

Sept. 24 Oct 1 meeting set in Pasco for public input on scope for Millennium coal export proposal environmental review

Sep 6, 2013: Extended meeting times, ground rules for meetings announced by agencies seeking input on environmental reviews for export terminal proposal

Aug 9, 2013: Scoping to begin Aug. 16 for environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview proposal

May 21, 2013: Cowlitz County, Washington Dept. of Ecology, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Apr 1, 2013: Consultant selected for environmental review of proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview project

Oct 9, 2012: Ecology, Cowlitz County, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agree on joint environmental review of Millennium coal export proposal

May 18, 2012: Ecology, Cowlitz County to co-lead environmental review of proposed coal terminal near Longview

Additional resources


Facility Site ID: #29

West of Longview, Cowlitz County at 46.1364 N/ -123.0047 W

Region: Southwest Regional Office (SWRO)

Ecology Point of Contact:
Diane Butorac
Regional Planner
Southwest Regional Office
Department of Ecology