Departing DNR boss jolts Longview coal-terminal plan

Becca Shew News

, Seattle Times staff reporter

As he wraps up his final days in office, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Peter Goldmark has delivered a blow to a Longview coal-export terminal by rejecting a tidal-lands sublease needed for a loading dock.

Goldmark said the developer, Millennium Bulk Terminals, has repeatedly failed to provide information about the structure of the sublease, as well as financial and other information requested by the state.

“It doesn’t reflect well on their business credibility when they refuse to answer these important questions,” Goldmark said Tuesday.

The primary lease, which extends until 2038, is held by Northwest Alloys.

DNR officials say there is no agency appeal process for the rejection of the sublease.

But the status of the lease appears to be in dispute and could be headed to court.

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