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Millennium Bulk Terminals to build export coal facility at Washington port


Last week, Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview L.L.C. announced its seeking various federal and state environmental permits for a proposed $600 million coal export facility at the Port of Longview, Wash.

The terminal would be built in two stages: the first $400 million phase would establish a facility that could handle 25 million metric tons annually; the second $200 million phase would increase annual capacity up to 44 million metric tons of coal, which would be exported to Pacific Rim energy markets. Both BNSF Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad operate lines in the area.

Millennium officials currently are collaborating with multiple agencies to address environmental issues at the former aluminum smelter site, which the company acquired in January. The strategically located site provides easy access to rail, water and highway systems, Millennium officials said in a prepared statement.
The company also plans to expand its existing bulk product terminal, a project that’s is in the conceptual design stage. Existing operations at the bulk terminal include importing alumina, which is loaded onto rail cars and moved to Wenatchee, Wash.

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