Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001686 

Received: 10/31/2013 11:17:00 AM
Commenter: Arhtur Conti

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 31, 2013 11:17 AM Subject:Longview Port
It is time to get moving on the Longview coal export terminal! This project has been on hold for over a year and a half awaiting study. The painstakingly slow processes which are followed by these environmental studies paralyze opportunities to put people to work and create huge tax revenues. Coal exports are a huge opportunity for the Northwest. The infrastructure coal companies are creating will expand trade of all kinds, from apples to software. This was the conclusion of a Farm Bureau Study published in June - that coal export infrastructure will make it cheaper and faster to export goods of all kinds. At a time of increased competition from both West and East Coast ports, Washington needs to seize these opportunities to expand trade and create thousands of family-wage jobs. Regulators should take these economic considerations into account when designing their scope of review. Here is an opportunity to return many critically needed jobs to Washington State. It is paramount for the local, state, and national economies to seize every option they have to aid in their recovery. I urge you to take these comments in consideration and move forward with permitting Millennium Bulk Terminals and allow them the opportunity to move forward with hiring and exporting. Thank you. Sincerely, Arhtur Conti