Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000345 

Received: 9/20/2013 4:17:00 PM
Commenter: Greg Butcher
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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:butcher.greg@gmail.com Sent:Friday, September 20, 2013 4:17 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comment on Millennium's coal export project

Millennium Bulk Terminals has proposed a coal export terminal at Longview that is both environmentally-sound and economically beneficial. I ask that you approve this project and the environmental study without delay.

The scoping decision should require that the EIS incorporate existing environmental documents in lieu of necessitating new reports and examination. This should be used to prevent the EIS from accumulating background data where such data already is in existing approved NEPA documents. For example, the BLM's Wright Area EIS analyzes the impact from consumption in coal burning plants of the entire annual output of the PRB--~ 450 mtpy. It concludes the impact is not significant. Surely then 50 mtpy , or even the cumulative impact of 100 mtpy from Millennium, Gateway and Coyote is not significant. Therefor this topic can be addressed briefly and the work of the BLM EIS can be incorporated by reference in support.

This proposal will see that jobs are returned, the local and regional economy is stimulated, tax revenues are increased, and environmental standards are maintained. This is what Cowlitz County needs in our present economy. Please move the scoping process along as soon as possible.

Sincerely, Greg Butcher butcher.greg@gmail.com