Cowlitz County has filed a request to a submit a "friend-of-the-court" brief in support of a federal lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee's administration for blocking Millennium Bulk Terminals' proposed coal terminal in Longview.
The Daily News reports county officials filed the request this week.
The lawsuit, brought by Millennium's parent company, Lighthouse Resources, Inc., contends that state regulators have improperly denied key permits needed to construct the $680 million coal dock on the Columbia River.
The county argues that as a decision maker, its local discretion was disregarded in November when Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir denied Millennium's application for two key shoreline permits.
The county is also cancelling a health study due to the project's uncertain status, angering opponents who say it would have confirmed that the project would have serious long-term risks.