The state did not reject the proposed Longview coal terminal based on the state’s clean water rule, as reported Friday. Instead, the state Department of Ecology based its denial of a permit to Millennium Bulk Terminals on the federal Clean Water Act.
The state’s clean water rule sets water quality standards for lakes, rivers and marine waters. Also known as the fish consumption rule, its intention is to protect the health of people and fish, and to manage pollution caused by industries and municipalities, Ecology said. The state did not invoke the rule when it denied Millennium Bulk Terminals a permit for the $680 million project, said Dave Bennett, Ecology spokesman.
Additionally, the EPA has not launched a public comment period relating to reversing the state’s clean water rule, as the Friday story reported due to inaccurate information received.
An EPA memo posted Thursday said the agency’s notification about the comment period was posted by mistake.