AWB Statement on Millennium Bulk Terminal Draft EIS
OLYMPIA — Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement today in response to Cowlitz County’s release of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview:
"We need companies to continue to invest in manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure to support trade. Washington’s regulatory process has become longer and more uncertain, which sends the wrong message to employers. We are glad to see today’s release of the draft EIS for Millennium, but remain concerned other companies will not be willing to tolerate the delays of Washington’s permitting system and will not bring the needed investment and jobs to our state.
"AWB supports this project for a number of reasons. First, it will enhance and strengthen our trade capacity for all commodities. It will also create jobs in an area of our state that continues to struggle for economic development. And it will help ensure our competitiveness with other ports in neighboring states, who seek to divert trade opportunities from our state.
"We look forward to reviewing the draft EIS and speaking up in support of Millennium during the upcoming hearings in Longview, Spokane and Pasco. This is an important project for Washington state, and for the people of Cowlitz County and Southwest Washington searching for good paying jobs."
About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.