Franz Hails Supreme Court Decision in Coal Terminal Suit
News Date: 
January 8, 2020

Court denial upholds DNR decision to protect state’s waters

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement after the Washington State Supreme Court upheld her agency’s denial of a sublease for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals’ coal export terminal in Longview:
“The decision to not allow this coal terminal on our public lands was the right decision for Washington, and I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing that.
“I work every day to make sure Washington’s public lands make our state stronger and healthier, now and for future generations. Allowing a company to use our waters without a full, transparent accounting of the environmental and fiscal impacts would jeopardize that mission.”

Ruling Affirms DNR Decision

The Washington State Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition from Northwest Alloys to review a Court of Appeals opinion upholding the Washington State Department of Natural Resources decision to deny a sublease for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River.
DNR requested details about the structure of the agreement between Millennium and Northwest Alloys, the primary leaseholder of the state aquatic property. DNR also requested information about the firm’s financial integrity and the viability of international coal exports, but that information was not provided.
Joe Smillie
Communications Manager