Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001641 

Received: 10/23/2013 7:21:00 PM
Commenter: Lisa A. Juntunen

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:Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7:21 PM Subject:Millennium's coal export scoping
Please move forward with the governments environmental study. I say let's get moving with the Longview port ASAP. The EIS should not attempt to analyze impacts attributed to the movement of a product in commerce along major rail transportation corridors. Transportation of coal by rail from mines in Wyoming, Montana and elsewhere to Longview will make use of existing rail transportation infrastructure that is part of a nationwide commercial transportation system. Further, rail traffic across Washington remains well below levels seen in 2006 and before. The railroad companies are in the business of managing rail capacity and don't need to be told how to run its business. 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, Lisa A. Juntunen lisa juntunen