Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002079
Received: 11/15/2013 12:22:42 PM
Commenter: Russell Trentlage
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
I live in a rural part of Washington State and I love our beautiful area. I am glad that there are rules and guidelines in place that protect our environment. However, our rules need to be balanced with our economy. They can both thrive to benefit our communities. Because of this, I want to speak in support of the Millennium bulk terminal project.
Millennium has done an amazing job of cleaning up the current site and has obviously been working hard to make sure it functions within the environmental guidelines already in place. I know the "scoping" process and subsequent public hearings have created a passionate response that implied that we must choose between economics and the environment. But I don’t agree that it is an either/or question.
Communities of both Cowlitz and Lewis Counties have suffered greatly over the past several years. This terminal, working within our strict environmental regulations will provide good jobs for our families. Our existing environmental regulations are strict enough to make sure the Millennium project does not create any environmental hazards.
I believe it would be wrong to use a global environmental impact assessment. To do so would be an ideological and political move and one that would endanger our future economy. It is almost impossible to even imagine how such impacts could be measured. I can’t imagine any company would want to come to Washington State when we put impossible road blocks in front of them.
I agree with reasonable regulation and reasonable oversight in these cases, but the proposed requirements are beyond the threshold of reasonable.