Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003065 

Received: 11/17/2013 5:55:00 PM
Commenter: Louis Locke

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:Sunday, November 17, 2013 5:55 PM Subject:Cowlitz County Scoping

Allow me to submit my comments regarding Millennium Bulk Terminals proposed port at Longview. I fully support this project.

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 had the dubious honor of shutting the alumninum plant down and going through the bankruptcy. We looked at various options to keep the facility a viable operation. It is time to move forward let this site provide family wage jobs. Millennium is offering us an opportunity. Let's take advantage of it.

Sincerely, Louis Locke Louis Locke