Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000229 

Received: 9/13/2013 11:08:00 AM
Commenter: Wayne Amondson
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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:wayne200@cni.net Sent:Friday, September 13, 2013 11:08 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Scoping - Millennium's coal export

I would like to add my support to the proposed port at Longview and ask that the environmental study proceed rapidly.

Coal exports are a huge opportunity for the Northwest. The infrastructure coal companies are creating will expand trade of all kinds, from apples to software. This was the conclusion of a Farm Bureau Study published in June - that coal export infrastructure will make it cheaper and faster to export goods of all kinds. At a time of increased competition from both West and East Coast ports, Washington needs to seize these opportunities to expand trade and create thousands of family-wage jobs. Regulators should take these economic considerations into account when designing their scope of review.

It is clear to me, Millennium Bulk Terminals has a project that will have long-term positive impacts on local and regional economies in Washington. Millennium has maintained and presented ongoing efforts to uphold the current environmental regulations set for its project in Longview. I have good faith and trust this will continue and the company should be allowed to move forward without further delay. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment.

Sincerely, Wayne Amondson wayne200@cni.net