Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001885 

Received: 10/31/2013 11:17:00 AM
Commenter: Tom Cook

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:Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:17 AM Subject:Millennium's coal export scoping
It is with great concern for the environment that I write to ask your support of the Millennium Bulk Terminals proposed Longview coal export project. The pains that have been taken to strike a balance between environmental and economic concerns is impressive. This project is an example of how ports should be developed and I would like to see it move forward without delay. 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. As you well know, an EIS is supposed to take a "hard look at environmental consequences" and reach a decision based on the facts presented. The scope of this document should be limited to the immediate impacted areas so we can keep moving forward. Hundreds of people with families are not only waiting but depending on having the security of a long-term, good-paying job. Sincerely, Thomas Cooke