Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003015 

Received: 11/13/2013 4:13:00 PM
Commenter: Marc Forest
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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:mitclass56@aol.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:13 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Scoping - Millennium's coal export

Allow me to voice my strong support for the proposed port at Longview. We need to move on with the environmental study as quickly as possible.

The EIS should consider the fact that as Columbia River vessel traffic has declined 30%, from a peak of 2021 ships in the year 2000 to 1404 ships in 2011, increased vessel traffic as the increased volume will be replacing lost vessel traffic not increasing total volumes. The EIS should recognize the beneficial impact of increased vessel traffic in such areas as reducing pilotage costs and increasing the port service infrastructure (e.g. additional tugs to serve the lower Columbia River).

So let's get moving as quickly as possible to make this project happen. It's what's best for Washington, and best for our economy and tax base.

Sincerely, Marc G Forest mitclass56@aol.com