Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000250 

Received: 9/13/2013 5:28:00 PM
Commenter: Pete Marsh
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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:ibew112pmarsh@owt.com Sent:Friday, September 13, 2013 5:28 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments on Cowlitz County EIS

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

The scoping decision should limit the analysis of impacts in the EIS to those impacts that have a close connection to the project. Impacts that have a superseding cause to an impact can be identified, but should not be studied to the same degree as impacts that are proximately caused by the project. For instance, because the proposal is a terminal proposal, the use of the bulk commodity by a third party is a superseding and intervening cause to the combustion of coal. As a result of these superseding causes, the construction and operation of the terminal is not a proximate cause of the combustion of coal. If a close causal relationship cannot be established for emissions, the impacts should only be accounted for as part of the No Action Alternative as an impact that would have occurred without the project and studied nonetheless in the cumulative impact section of the EIS as a non-project impact, if studied at all.

We hear a lot of opinions about coal, but the reality of the Millennium Project is that it will have state-of-the-art equipment and best of all will bring life back to a site that has been left stagnant for some time. Many of us would love to have the opportunity to spend our entire career in one place. Millennium is offering that to us. Why not take advantage? If people insist "we can do better" then why haven't we?

Sincerely, Pete Marsh ibew112pmarsh@owt.com