Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003062 

Received: 11/15/2013 8:51:00 PM
Commenter: Murray Lee
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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:murray.lee@mklent.com Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 8:51 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium

I urge local, state and federal regulators to consider that Washington can have BOTH economic growth and a healthy environment. Millennium contributes to both. It will create hundreds of family-wage jobs and has already commenced the clean up of the Reynolds Aluminum site. It will make it cheaper and faster for Washington exporters to get their goods to market and will comply with all existing environmental regulations. The company will contribute to reducing Cowlitz 9.7% unemployment and will use the cleanest covered loading and unloading conveyors available. And it will contribute to Longview's quality of life at the same time as ensuring that approaching coal cars have surfactants effectively reducing coal dust to non- significant levels.

If they are going to look at the environmental impacts of global coal consumption, shouldn't the benefits of low cost electrical service to the poor in the world be examined, such as the benefits of refrigeration, hot water, improved health care associated with electrical services. We (Americans) take readily available power for granted, and unlike the rest of the US that relies on coal for electrical power, in the northwest we take hydropower for granted. The majority of countries in the world do not have continuous and reliable power, and if they do it is usually coal power. A sense of balance should be made when looking at the environmental impacts verses the worldwide health, social and economic benefits of coal based power.

As a company actively engaged in international trade, the importance of exports to the United States cannot and should not be understated. It is critical to the long term viability of the United States market. If we are able to offer a commodity that is going to be used anyway and we can do it in the cleaner coal component that Millenium offers , I would strongly endorse this project.It also brings Some major benefits to the local economy and industry at the same time as bringing benefit to those in need around the world

Murray Lee murray.lee@mklent.com