Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001467 

Received: 10/23/2013 12:10:00 AM
Commenter: David McDonald
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
From:J & D McDonald <> Sent:Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:10 AM Subject:Coal Train Scoping Comments
I am writing to express my support for the proposed coal terminals and coal trains. The State needs the jobs and income that will be created by these ports. The coal will be going to China regardless of whether or not the new terminals are built in Washington. The jobs and income will go to BC. The terminals in Tsawwassen and Ridley Island will the beneficiaries of our failure to approve the terminals. The trains will still go through Washington, but BC residents will reap the benefits. I also believe the scoping process the Washington State Department of Ecology is taking to include the effects of Green House Gas with products from inception to end use out of the country, in this case coal, for export out of Washington ports sets a dangerous precedent. It appears as if the Department of Ecology is more of an activist organization than a non-partial agency. There is no “appearance of fairness” in this new process. This sets an overreaching precedent for commerce in this state that far exceeds national regulations, and may hurt manufacturing, agriculture and other commodities that are slated for export from Washington. Will this new process be used just for activities Ecology does not like or will they now apply the overreaching process to every review? The Tri-Cities is home to the manufacturer of the largest crane in the world. The steel, machinery and materials needed to construct these massive cranes has to be shipped to Washington from other states and countries. These materials are fashioned into cranes which are then shipped all over the world. Will State manufacturers now be subject SEPA review from resource mining in a distant country to steel manufacturing in China, deep sea transportation to Washington and then review for shipping the finished product, like cranes, overseas to Japan. Parts for Boeing planes are made all over the world not just here in Washington. Will Ecology do a worldwide SEPA review for the next big Boeing plant? David McDonald 10312 Argent Rd Pasco, WA 99301