Former State Attorney General McKenna: Appeal shines light on regulatory abuses
OLYMPIA — Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said today he supports today’s shoreline permit appeal by Millennium Bulk Terminals, which was recently denied by the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner for reasons that went beyond the applicable issues tied to the shoreline permit itself.
Millennium also filed a separate public records lawsuit today against the Department of Ecology, asserting that the agency has not complied with the law.
McKenna, who recently penned an op-ed on a similar decision in The Olympian, says the Millennium case is a blatant example of the state’s regulatory process being hijacked by those seeking to block projects that run contrary to their own political agendas. McKenna is currently in private practice with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in Seattle.
“Decisions like these eventually cast doubt on our regulatory process and give potential investors pause before considering operations here in Washington state,” added McKenna. “I support Millennium in their appeal of this decision and hope it shines a bright light on the abuses at work by regulators in our state agencies.”
McKenna went on to add that projects like Millennium highlight how far off track the state’s regulatory review process has gotten in recent years, which will eventually come back to haunt the state’s business climate.
“It will be interesting to see what comes of the appeal and the public disclosure request,” added McKenna. “Both speak to how far afield regulators have gotten in their review of proposed projects.”