Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001699 

Received: 11/1/2013 7:24:00 PM
Commenter: Bradley Lewis

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:Friday, November 01, 2013 7:24 PM Subject:Millennium's coal export scoping
I am deeply concerned regarding America’s declining competitiveness in the global market place. Energy is the business that fuels all other businesses. America has everything it needs to be energy independent. We must realize this goal and regain our global prominence. Affordable, abundant and reliable fossil fuels are the source of energy which has and will result in longer, healthier, more prosperous and more comfortable lives. As far back as Biblical times, we have been called upon to be good stewards of the resources with which we are blessed. Utilizing fossil fuels to make a better world is rising to our calling. I would like to add my support to the proposed port at Longview and ask that the environmental study proceed rapidly. Coal should not be considered toxic especially in regards to the elements / minerals contained in coal. Please note the soil samples reported by Oregon DEQ during the Boardman coal terminal hearings, all contain naturally occurring amounts of mercury, arsenic, selenium, etc. higher than what is found in western U.S. coal. There the study showed that exiting natural dirt was more toxic than western coal. I can't think of one good reason why this port shouldn't move forward. I hope my comments will be considered and added to those of others asking for approval of this great project. Sincerely, Bradley Lewis