Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001878 

Received: 11/1/2013 11:09:00 AM
Commenter: Thomas Wilcox

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 11:09 AM Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals scoping
The Department of Ecology should speedily complete the environmental study for the Millennium Bulk Terminals. Coal is not toxic in water - coal is not soluble and chemical bonds are only released through burning. The DOE approved water treatment facility at the old Reynolds aluminum site (now MBTL) has large water filters that contain anthracite coal to clean the water. Please note the final water polishing step before being discharged to the river is coal and has been for decades. If the purpose of the Environmental Impact Study is to look at environmental impacts above and beyond what exist at the site today, then no study or change is needed in regards to coal and the water discharge permit. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to submit these comments on the scoping. Let's get this project moving forward so there are more good-paying jobs in the U.S.A. Sincerely, Thomas R Wilcox Thomas Wilcox