Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001803 

Received: 11/4/2013 9:53:00 AM
Commenter: Loren Ruttinger
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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:lruttinger@wwcengineering.com Sent:Monday, November 04, 2013 9:53 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals' Longview Port
Allow me to voice my strong support for the proposed port at Longview. We need to move on with the environmental study as quickly as possible. The scoping decision should ensure that the EIS recognizes the historic ebb and flow of rail traffic, and that the EIS recognizes the role of the railroad and the jurisdiction of the federal government in relation to rail operations. The scoping decision should recognize the operation of the rail system includes all forms of cargo, with or without coal exports as part of the No-Action Alternative. The normal growth of rail commodities and the use of the rail system at full capacity must be assumed as a background condition and/or included as part of the no action alternative. 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, Loren Ruttinger Loren Ruttinger lruttinger@wwcengineering.com