Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002738 

Received: 11/13/2013 11:41:00 PM
Commenter: Randal Lester
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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
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Submission Text
From:Ruokrooster@aol.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:41 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments on Cowlitz County EIS

I appreciate being able to comment on the Longview port proposal and wish to add my support to those who wish to see this terminal open and operating as soon as possible.

Coal exports are a huge opportunity for the Northwest. The infrastructure coal companies are creating will expand trade of all kinds, from apples to software. This was the conclusion of a Farm Bureau Study published in June - that coal export infrastructure will make it cheaper and faster to export goods of all kinds. At a time of increased competition from both West and East Coast ports, Washington needs to seize these opportunities to expand trade and create thousands of family-wage jobs. Regulators should take these economic considerations into account when designing their scope of review.

Despite some negative opinions, this permitting process will produce facts that show a modern port can be planned by a company, then evaluated by an agency to provide ways for production portals, while at the same time protecting the environment and enhancing the socio-economics of a region. It will be a job well done!

Sincerely, Randal Lester Randal Lester Ruokrooster@aol.com