Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000257 

Received: 9/14/2013 10:34:00 AM
Commenter: Gregg Scott

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:Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:34 AM Subject:Comments on Cowlitz County EIS

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

The neighboring Port of Longview owns 275 acres at Barlow Point. Cowlitz County has long recognized that upgrades to the Reynolds Short Line were desired long before Millennium presented its proposal. To serve the industrial and export terminal areas improvements to the Reynolds short line have been desired with or without Millennium's proposal. The EIS should consider the benefits that would accrue to the Port and industrial users along Industrial Way by improvements made to the rail corridor to support Millennium's export coal facility.

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. Jobs! Millennium has demonstratred the they are doing the right thing in cleaning up the old Reynolds site and working with the community to bring family wage jobs that are desperately needed. Millennium is needed to help heal our wounds left over from job loss. Why should we let them leave here to go somewhere else and provide jobs and be a friend of the community?

Sincerely, Gregg Scott