Millennium Bulk Terminal

Workers clean up legacy contamination from the former Reynolds aluminum plant just off the dike at the Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview site on the Columbia River in 2016.

A public health committee will meet Friday to finalize its recommendations for the proposed Longview coal export terminal.

The recommendations regarding Millennium Bulk Terminal’s planned project are based on findings from the Health Impact Assessment released in September.

The report found there would likely be an increase in the number and severity of some types of diseases related to diesel emissions from locomotives, vessels and equipment. It also highlights other effects on health, noise, the economy, recreation and the environment. The study, recommendations and appendices can be viewed on the county’s website.

The day-long meeting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. The meeting will include two public comment periods, which will likely be at 9 a.m. and 3:10 p.m., according to meeting documents.

The Health Impact study and recommendations do not have any specific legal authority and do not play a direct role in permitting decisions. The study is a tool to help the community understand how the project would impact health. The finalized recommendations will be incorporated into the health assessment and released to the public.

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