Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003042 

Received: 11/14/2013 1:03:00 AM
Commenter: Austin Jones
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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:aus562@netscape.com Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:04 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comment on Millennium's coal export project

I appreciate the opportunity to add my voice to that of others in supporting the environmental study for the proposed port at Longview. The scoping will present a clear picture of how Millennium Bulk Terminals will proceed in opening and operating this port and the economic, environmental, and social benefits of this project are deserving of approval.

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).

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to submit these comments on the scoping. Let's get this project moving forward so there are more good-paying jobs in the U.S.A.

Sincerely, Austin Jones aus562@netscape.com