Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002991 

Received: 11/13/2013 5:52:00 PM
Commenter: Ronald Chu
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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:rwychu@alum.mit.edu Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:52 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium's coal export EIS

The Millennium Bulk Terminals will bring jobs and stability to Cowlitz County. Export projects can easily contribute to the economic recovery of this nation and this project is ready to make that happen.

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.

I applaud the agencies work on this permit process. The results will provide a more-than thorough "hard look" at the possible impacts of the Millennium Project in Longview which is needed to keep things moving ahead. Thank you.

Sincerely, Ronald Chu rwychu@alum.mit.edu