Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002613 

Received: 11/13/2013 1:48:00 PM
Commenter: Kevin Craig
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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
From:kcraig@wpplp.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 1:48 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Scoping comments on Millennium Bulk Terminals

The Department of Ecology should speedily complete the environmental study for the Millennium Bulk Terminals.

The scoping decision should focus on the probable significant adverse impacts proximately caused by the proposal, not on speculation of impacts outside the regulatory purview of the agencies. The state agency will look at feasible mitigation measures, but they need to be limited to potential alternatives that can feasibility attain the owner's objectives at a lower environmental cost. In addition, the scoping report will require that the EIS examine the effect of existing local, state and federal regulation on mitigating probable significant adverse impacts of the proposal. In this regard, the EIS should be used to eliminate from analysis insignificant impacts and not waste time and money studying GHG from the use of coal and nationwide rail capacity, or other impacts not proximately caused by the proposal.

The co-lead agencies are presenting an excellent scoping process. I urge them to proceed promptly with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that allows Millennium Bulk Terminals to become one step closer to building, hiring, and exporting. Under this scenario good paying jobs will come to a community in need. Not only will the local but the regional economy will reap the benefits. Please do the right thing and make this project a reality.

Sincerely, Kevin Craig kcraig@wpplp.com