Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003064 

Received: 11/13/2013 8:10:00 PM
Commenter: JOHN LEPANT

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 Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:11 PM Subject:Comments for Env. Impact Statement on coal export

Please move forward with the governments environmental study. I say let's get moving with the Longview port ASAP.

The scoping decision should require that the EIS incorporate existing environmental documents in lieu of necessitating new reports and examination. This should be used to prevent the EIS from accumulating background data where such data already is in existing approved NEPA documents. For example, the BLM's Wright Area EIS analyzes the impact from consumption in coal burning plants of the entire annual output of the PRB--~ 450 mtpy. It concludes the impact is not significant. Surely then 50 mtpy , or even the cumulative impact of 100 mtpy from Millennium, Gateway and Coyote is not significant. Therefor this topic can be addressed briefly and the work of the BLM EIS can be incorporated by reference in support.

Thank you for accepting comments for this important project. Please make the necessary steps to move forward on its approval as soon as possible.

Common sense dictates that redundancy should be eliminated whenever possible.

Moreover, a streamlined process for this project could be used as a model for other projects, such as wind turbines, power lines, pipelines, recycling facilities, roads and other beneficial projects and infrastructure.

Regulatory processes should be used to protect vital public interests, not misused to prohibit economic activities which are non-preferable to some interests.

Sincerely, JOHN LEPANT