Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000079 

Received: 9/16/2013 2:14:00 PM
Commenter: Donna Hobkirk

Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text Sent:Monday, September 16, 2013 2:14 PM Subject:EIS for coal export

The Department of Ecology should speedily complete the environmental study for the Millennium Bulk Terminals.

Coal is not toxic in water - coal is not soluble and chemical bonds are only released through burning. The DOE approved water treatment facility at the old Reynolds aluminum site (now MBTL) has large water filters that contain anthracite coal to clean the water. Please note the final water polishing step before being discharged to the river is coal and has been for decades. If the purpose of the Environmental Impact Study is to look at environmental impacts above and beyond what exist at the site today, then no study or change is needed in regards to coal and the water discharge permit.

Here I see an opportunity to return many critically needed jobs to Washington State. It is paramount for the local, state, and national economies to seize every option they have to aid in their recovery. I urge you to take these comments in consideration and let's get Millennium Bulk Terminals to begin hiring and exporting.

This project and the jobs it will provide is crucial to Cowlitz County! Thank you

Sincerely, Donna Hobkirk