Oregon Public Broadcasting — Earthfix — Cassandra Profita, November 18, 2013 –
More than 164,000 public comments (updated from 163,000 – Ed.) have flooded the environmental review of the Millennium coal export terminal proposed for Longview, Wash.
That’s the number of letters, emails, and statements read aloud at public meetings (at the close of the comment period). It exceeds the 125,000 comments agencies received on the environmental review of the Gateway Pacific coal export project in Bellingham, Wash., earlier this year.
November 18, 2013 was the deadline for the public to comment on the Millennium project during this phase of the environmental review — so the total could climb even higher, according to Linda Kent, spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Ecology. People can read all the comments online.
Ecology is one of three agencies taking comments on which environmental impacts they should study before permitting begins along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Cowlitz County. Kent said her agency hasn’t set a timeline for reviewing all the comments.