Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002014
Received: 11/13/2013 1:19:44 PM
Commenter: Howard Shapiro
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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If this terminal is permitted it would be an unwise and severely limiting use of valuable port property. The coal market in Asia is extremely volatile and unstable. If Australia, whose mines are adjacent to port shipping, is having trouble selling their coal it would folllow that the U.S. whose mines are half way across the country would have even more trouble profiting from coal shipping.
The Chinese government has outlawed the construction of new coal burning power plants near large cities for health reasons and their steel industry is suffering a slowdown. This should also be an indication of a possible eventual market collapse.
When it is no longer profitable for the applicants to ship coal to Asia who will be responsible for claeaning up the polluted shipping sites on valuable port property? There is no provision for a cleanup bond or superfund contribution in their applications. This seems to be severe oversight in the application process and should be addressed in this case and many others.