Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002104
Received: 11/15/2013 6:16:11 PM
Commenter: Fred Rider
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 would like to address the scoping requirements on the Millennium Coal facility in Longview, Washington.
Having served on several advisory boards on all levels of government (Federal, State, County, City, and Schools) I understand the need for scoping and the need to protect the Citizen of the State of Washington and our Communities. I understand the need to make sure we do not create a problem that will affect the quality of life in what I consider the best place on earth to live. I have dedicated a good portion of my life to volunteering and serving to make sure that those protections are there for the state and the community I live in. While doing this I have also worked very hard to see to it that those protections are fair and equitable.
Therefore, I am somewhat perplexed as to your scope of requests, especially the ones concerning the cargo-ship impact beyond Washington waters and the evaluation of greenhouse gas of an end user outside of the State of Washington and in this case outside the country. I take the time to stay up on events in my state and country and I have not seen where the Washington State Department of Ecology has become the protector of the world and has the authority to regulate outside the State of Washington.
I have worked with the DOE and other governmental agencies many times over the years and have found them to be bright intelligent competent people dedicated to their jobs and the citizens they serve. However these requests are beyond reasonable and are not fair and equitable and are uncontrollable by DOE. If you believe you can stop the coal export completely by stopping it in Washington State, I would say you’re wrong. Those export facilities can be built in another state or even in Canada or Mexico, shipped by rail to those destinations and then to the end user. In so doing the only thing you have succeeded in doing is sending many living wage jobs out of the State of Washington and possibly the United States.
It is my understanding that Millennium has cleaned up the potential export site and has worked with everyone involved and within the rules and regulations of the agencies to create a facility that is both environmentally friendly and economically sound. Thereby protecting the community and creating badly needed good paying jobs in our region.
I do not believe this is a do or die situation and if addressed properly and with all sides given equal and proper respect we can have an environmentally safe and economically sound industry in our region of this state. I also believe you would be setting a terrible precedence for future business development in our state, as a business man I would be hard pressed to commit dollars and time into a large project in Washington State with a history of trying to require my venture to do an impact statement and scoping requirements in unaffected states and even other countries.
Please consider removing the scoping items you cannot enforce and have no authority over. Approve the project and help create and environmentally safe and economically sound industry at a time when job are vital to an entire region. Lewis, Clark, and Cowlitz counties will all benefit. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.