Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001465 

Received: 10/3/2013 7:35:00 PM
Commenter: David Boleneus
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:Thursday, October 03, 2013 7:35 PM Subject:Fairly Review the Millennium Bulk Terminals
David Boleneus 9910 N Ridgecrest Dr Spokane, WA 99208-9378
October 3, 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. An extensive study scope beyond the project area has not been required by other bulk terminals and is not warranted for this project. This is a brownfield site that needs redevelopment.
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 also wish to make some personal comments: I am a WHEAT FARMER. I need export facilities available for wheat I sell or if sold through our cooperative. Preventing farmers from exporting their crops severely impacts agriculture across the state as well as consumers who buy our products. Without export everyone loses. Rejecting any port due to stupid reasons impacts all export trade, no matter the product.
I also am for creating jobs. This facility will create jobs. Jobs will be created across the breadth of the system from mine to port. Those who argue there are too many coal trains passing one point dont understand that there are at least four rail routes from mine to port. Those who argue that trains will block crossings dont seem to know that road or RRwy overpasses solve this problem. How simple a solution this is.
Another reason to build this port, or renovate the old site, is that it will occupy a site once occupied by a previous industrial complex. I believe it was an aluminum production facility. In short this is an industrial area of Longview. A new port facility will undertake the care of this old facility and likely improve it for the better. Longview needs jobs and this site is not extraordinary.
In short, its just really simple that the answer is YES that we need this port. There is just not a reasonable argument to oppose this port, only mind-numbing excuses that amount to shear nonsense.
Build the port.
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.
David Boleneus