Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001879 

Received: 11/1/2013 9:12:00 AM
Commenter: Thurman Holcomb
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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:tholcomb@archcoal.com Sent:Friday, November 01, 2013 9:12 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Longview
I support coal mining and coal use in our country and around the world. This is our most abundant resource, and we are foolish to not utilize it to our advantage. 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. 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. Despite some negative opinions, this permitting process will produce facts that show a modern port can be planned by a company, then evaluated by an agency to provide ways for production portals, while at the same time protecting the environment and enhancing the socio-economics of a region. It will be a job well done! I urge you to move forward with the terminal and port project. Sincerely, Thurman Holcomb tholcomb@archcoal.com