A public open house planned for Thursday will bring the three-year health study process of Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed Longview coal export terminal to a close.

Cowlitz County Building and Planning, Health and Human Services and the state Department of Health along with the study’s steering committee are holding the event from 5 to 7 p.m. in the general meeting room on the third floor of the Cowlitz County Administration Building.

The event is a chance for community members to discuss the findings of the study, recommendations and the process with the steering committee and research team. (The final Health Impact Assessment is attached to this story at TDN.com)

The steering committee completed its recommendations more than a month ago. The report includes a majority statement against the project, saying the negative health effects of the terminal would outweigh the benefits. The minority statement says that the majority was biased against the project.

This event comes about two weeks after Millennium laid off 15 percent of its Longview employees and a month after CEO Bill Chapman retired. The company said earlier this month that it is still committed to the Longview project.

Millennium has spent seven years and about $15 million trying to get the terminal permitted, but the project is mired in multiple lawsuits over permits and an aquatic lands sublease it needs to build a new dock.

The $680 million project, according to the environmental impact studies on the proposal, would employ up to 1,000 construction workers and more than 100 permanent workers. It would be built on the site of the old Reynolds Metals Co. aluminum plant and would be the biggest coal terminal on the U.S. West Coast.

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