Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000652 

Received: 10/7/2013 7:24:20 PM
Commenter: Larry Messinger
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
The scope of this analysis should be restricted to those elements that are really within the control of the project proponents. The analyses should be conducted to seek solutions to real environmental and socio economic issues and take credit for the benefits that also come with the project. The identification process should be done in a thoughtful, objective, problem solving manner. The purpose should not be to kill the project, but rather do everything possible to find the facts and present realistic alternatives that solve the problems to allow the project to proceed. This project potentially has great value to all of Northwester U.S. and Washington specifically. A great number of high paying jobs both at the port and inland along the rail lines are at stake. The scope should NOT include concerns regarding global climate change. Decisions regarding which fuel to use, the types of combustors, and renewable vs non-renewable sources will be made independently by the potential customers of this coal. The decision to build or not build the proposed port facility will likely have no impact what-so-ever on the decisions whether to burn coal or the amount of carbon emitted to the atmosphere. The economic value of the project to the project proponents should also not be subject to evaluation. The markets will decide what happens here.