Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000096 

Received: 9/19/2013 4:57:00 AM
Commenter: Kirk Sides
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:Kirkwsides@comcast.net Sent:Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:57 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS

Like the rest of the nation, Washington is suffering economically. I wish to voice my support for the proposed port at Millennium because I would like to see more projects like this be successful so that our economy can benefit.

The EIS should not attempt to analyze impacts attributed to the movement of a product in commerce along major rail transportation corridors. Transportation of coal by rail from mines in Wyoming, Montana and elsewhere to Longview will make use of existing rail transportation infrastructure that is part of a nationwide commercial transportation system. Further, rail traffic across Washington remains well below levels seen in 2006 and before. The railroad companies are in the business of managing rail capacity and don't need to be told how to run its business.

Millennium Bulk Terminals scoping should be thorough but held to the same standards as any other port proposal. We need to do everything we can to strengthen and grow the economy of Washington and the west in general. The project proposed will do just that. Thank you.

Sincerely, Kirk Sides Kirkwsides@comcast.net