Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000276 

Received: 9/18/2013 11:33:00 AM
Commenter: Kevin Anderson
State: Washington

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:Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:33 AM Subject:Fairly Review the Millennium Bulk Terminals

Kevin Anderson 11122 E 35th Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99206-5954

September 18, 2013

The Honorable Millennium Bulk Terminal EIS

Dear null EIS:

As a supporter of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Cowlitz County, I encourage you to complete the environment impact statement process based on the same federal and state environmental regulations that have been protecting our region for years.

This project should be reviewed using the same standards and timelines that have been utilized by other bulk commodity terminals in Washington.

Opposition to this and other terminals has nothing to do with the terminals, trains, congestion, etc. These are just "means to an end" in which the public can be aroused with sound bite information. The TRUE OPPOSITION is the use of COAL, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. The State of Washington and our previous governor expressed that they have a right to review and prevent Asian, especially China's, use of coal. They reason that polution from China will eventually come to Washington State. And her in lies the Hypocrisy of their goal. Since American coal burns cleaner than the current sources used in Asia, the shipping of American coal will REDUCE polution within the State of Washington and in fact the USA. Therefore, any environmental review beyond that for constructing the terminal would have to conclude that these coal shipments are a BENEFIT for Washington State's and Idaho's and Montana's environment and have to be approved without further study.

This proposed export terminal project presents Cowlitz County with an incredible opportunity to strengthen its economy and improve our region's quality of life in an environmentally responsible way. We can - and must - grow the economy and protect the environment at the same time.

This project will create thousands of family-wage jobs for local tradespeople. As our region's economy continues to struggle, it is essential not to over- regulate or delay the approval process of this project.

I urge you to not stand in the way of creating new, much-needed Northwest jobs and strengthening our economy through increased exports by completing this environmental impact statement in a fair and expedient manner.


Kevin Anderson