Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001520 

Received: 10/10/2013 11:40:00 AM
Commenter: Richard Van Sickle
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:Richard Van Sickle <> Sent:Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:40 AM Cc:Ann Van Sickle Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Proposal
I had the opportunity to speak at the Clark County Meeting but the 2 minute routine is too awkward for me and I wanted to use the e mail mode to more clearly express my comments. I was the EGT Grain Export Terminal's On site manager for the owners.It was a two year assignment from 2009 to 2011.I am a licensed professional engineer and an experienced designer of export terminals in the bulk material area. I moved to Longview from Minnesota for that project. My wife and I are still there as I work on other export grain projects in the PNW region. I have come face to face with a level of poverty that I had not experienced before when we moved to Longview. I have seen the faces of fear there and ( see "Pathways" for the report card of the area) witnessed the impacts of poverty...the Mother of crime, blight, poor health and illiteracy. The EGT Terminal operations is now pumping money into the community and I am seeing the benefits of the economic development that the EGT project represents. The same benefits will flow from the jobs and the on-going export activity at the Millennium Bulk Terminal. I urge you to get your work done and to follow the rules, allowing the development to proceed if the Millennium folks ,in turn, follow the rules and obey the laws themselves. As far as I can see, they are doing just that....and, more. I hope that you, especially, will place a high degree of "importance" to the Lower Columbia Region's Economic Health that the "prompt" processing of the development on your part will represent. The pattern of dragging out these worthwhile activities in this region only amplifies the pain and suffering that the people of Southwest Washington endure. No one would stand by to watch a child drown. But, that's exactly what happens when qualifying developments are not allowed to move ahead as the laws provide. Thank You for the opportunity to submit my comments, Richard Van Sickle 1019 23rd Avenue Longview,WA.