Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002100 

Received: 11/15/2013 5:38:40 PM
Commenter: Paul Harris
Organization: Washington State Legislature
State: Washington

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
Dear Director Bellon, I am writing to voice my strong support for the Millennium bulk commodity export facilities. As both a member of the Washington House of Representatives and a small business owner, I support this facility for its ability to boost our economy by securing jobs and exports for years to come. We, the entire state of Washington must work together to recover from the recent economic recession. We must continue innovating and diversifying our economy to create a solid foundation upon which our state can continue to grow. The Millennium terminal will reinvigorate an area that had long ago been abandoned by industry. With the opportunities provided by a new export terminal, Washington businesses will be able to continue, as well as grow, their exports. Over 85 percent of Washington exporters are small or medium sized businesses. All of these businesses would benefit from private investment in our state’s trade infrastructure. We should take every effort to keep Washington at the forefront of international trade and exports. The Department of Ecology should not overstep its authority and jeopardize our export advantage for future generations. The coal that will shipped to China is a cleaner coal that they currently burn. Whether it is a cleaner American coal, or a dirtier coal, China will continue to use it for their energy needs. If we would like to help our environment, we should start by exporting our clean coal to them, and to perhaps share technology that will allow China to burn coal more efficiently and cleaner. Now is not the time to stall innovative projects like the Millennium bulk export facilities and, in turn, fall behind our global competitors. I urge you to support the Millennium bulk export facilities and to encourage a swift approval process that is specific to these projects. I know that through hard work and cooperation, we can boost our economy through sensible projects, which invest in our communities and keep Washington globally competitive. Regards, Paul Harris 17th Legislative District, State Representative