Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002668 

Received: 11/13/2013 2:54:00 PM
Commenter: Orville Gilreath
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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:Gilreath@p3nlhg147.shr.prod.phx3.secureserver.net Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:54 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Scoping for Millennium's coal export

It is with great concern for the environment that I write to ask your support of the Millennium Bulk Terminals proposed Longview coal export project. The pains that have been taken to strike a balance between environmental and economic concerns is impressive. This project is an example of how ports should be developed and I would like to see it move forward without delay.

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.

Thank you for reviewing my comments. This project is deserving of an impartial scope and should not experience further delays.

Sincerely, Orville Gilreath