Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000099 

Received: 9/16/2013 7:12:00 PM
Commenter: Robert D. Rich

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 7:12 PM Subject:Support for Longview/EIS comment

The environmental study for the Cowlitz County port should be completed expeditiously. Any American operation that puts people back to work should be carefully reviewed and supported, especially in these tough economic times.

The scoping decision should require the EIS to focus on actual impacts, analyzing those that can be discerned and evaluated using credible analyses. For instance, the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is not an impact. Climate change impacts, such as ocean acidification and temperature increases, cannot be attributed to this project because there will be no discernible climate change effect from this project. Emissions from use of the coal exported across this terminal, even if assumed to be incrementally new emissions, are simply too small in comparison to the emissions over long time periods required to change the global climate in measurable ways.

I can't think of one good reason why this facility proposal shouldn't move forward. To re -vitalize a long utilized industrial marine terminal for amovement of a prodecct safely shipped for nearly 200 years is certainly inthe best interests of the region. I hope my comments will be considered and added to those of others asking for approval of this commerce promoting project.

Sincerely, Robert D. Rich