Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001739 

Received: 10/31/2013 12:03:00 PM
Commenter: Derrell Ezell

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 12:03 PM Subject:Comments for Env. Impact Statement on coal export
I appreciate the agencies offering this opportunity to comment on Millennium Bulk Terminals scoping. The port at Longview will bring many good paying jobs to Washington and will encourage the development of our natural resources nationwide, helping to lift us out of our current nationwide economic depression. The scoping decision should limit the analysis of impacts in the EIS to those impacts that have a close connection to the project. Impacts that have a superseding cause to an impact can be identified, but should not be studied to the same degree as impacts that are proximately caused by the project. For instance, because the proposal is a terminal proposal, the use of the bulk commodity by a third party is a superseding and intervening cause to the combustion of coal. As a result of these superseding causes, the construction and operation of the terminal is not a proximate cause of the combustion of coal. If a close causal relationship cannot be established for emissions, the impacts should only be accounted for as part of the No Action Alternative as an impact that would have occurred without the project and studied nonetheless in the cumulative impact section of the EIS as a non-project impact, if studied at all. 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, Derrell Ezell