LONGVIEW (AP) — Developers of a proposed coal-export terminal in southwest Washington have challenged the state's denial of an aquatic lands lease for the project.

The Daily News reports that Millennium Bulk Terminals and Northwest Alloys appealed the state's decision in Cowlitz County Superior Court Feb. 2.

Before leaving office, Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark rejected a request from Northwest Alloys — originally made in 2010 — to sublease the state's aquatic lands to Millennium for the project.

The companies say the decision infringes on their property rights. They're also challenging Goldmark's assertion that they didn't provide adequate information about Millennium's financial standing.

A Department of Natural Resources spokesman declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

The proposed terminal in Longview that would handle up to 44 million metric tons of coal a year. The coal would arrive by train from Montana, Wyoming and other states to be stored and loaded on ships for export to Asia.

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