Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001847 

Received: 11/1/2013 7:34:00 AM
Commenter: Richard Damron

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 7:34 AM Subject:Comments on Cowlitz County EIS
Allow me to submit my comments regarding Millennium Bulk Terminals proposed port at Longview. I fully support this project. This nation urgently needs a balance of trades, and this terminal will greatly enhance this country's ability to ship a legal product to countries that will gladly pay for the product. If we refuse to allow this product to be shipped from the United States, the customers will simply purchase the product from some other country, and we will lose out. The other country will benefit, and this country will lose jobs, income, balance of trades, and all that goes with that. We have more coal than any other country in the world, and it makes no sense not to take advantage of that fact. The only way this country will come out of the recession permanently is to begin making more products and mining more products and selling them overseas, instead of importing everything. I urge you to first look at the facts when considering extent of the EIS. We already know that the terminal is unlikely to cause adverse impacts at the nearest sensitive air quality receptors. Considering the conservative nature of the emission rates and ability to manage dust generating activities, the impact on local air quality due to the coal terminal expansion is likely to be insignificant. So let's get moving as quickly as possible to make this project happen. It's what's best for Washington, and best for our economy and tax base. Sincerely, Richard Damron