Agency Coordination

Leaders
The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE), Whatcom County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have updated their working agreement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. The agencies originally agreed in 2011 to produce a single, joint environmental impact statement (EIS).

Responsibilities
The 3 co-lead agencies will continue to coordinate efforts while preparing 2 separate EIS documents as outlined under a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF). An amended Communication Protocol Agreement (PDF) has also been signed to refer to the collaborative effort by the county, ecology, and the Corps to produce the separate documents to meet each agency’s respective State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities.

CH2M HILL will continue to be the contractor for all agencies to prepare the separate NEPA / SEPA documents.