Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001868 

Received: 11/1/2013 10:01:00 AM
Commenter: Susan Schoonover
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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
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Submission Text
From:sschoonover@archcoal.com Sent:Friday, November 01, 2013 10:01 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium's coal export scoping
I appreciate the opportunity to add my voice to that of others in supporting the environmental study for the proposed port at Longview. The scoping will present a clear picture of how Millennium Bulk Terminals will proceed in opening and operating this port and the economic, environmental, and social benefits of this project are deserving of approval. 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. The important thing is that the concerns people have of the proposed project that Millennium Bulk Terminals is offering will be addressed responsibly. Exporting at Millennium is needed now to bring a tremendous amount of good paying jobs and increase tax revenue to the local area. I ask that you keep the permitting process at an expeditious manner. Remember, whether it's the USA, Asia or any of the foreign markets....COAL KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON! Thank you. Sincerely, Susan Schoonover Susan Schoonover sschoonover@archcoal.com