Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003076 

Received: 11/14/2013 11:17:00 AM
Commenter: Michael Merchanty
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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:merchsavage@aol.com Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:18 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Scoping - Millennium's coal export

Millennium Bulk Terminals has proposed a coal export terminal at Longview that is both environmentally-sound and economically beneficial. I ask that you approve this project and the environmental study without delay.

Stopping the coal terminal will not stop Asia from importing coal, but it will stop them from using high quality coal mined in the United States. Other suppliers on the market will fill this demand with coal that has increased mercury, sulfur and nitrogen oxides. During the scoping process, officials should consider the fact that not one ton more of coal will be used globally because of this project, and the net gain in greenhouse gas emissions is insignificant.

The scoping to evaluate Millennium Bulk Terminals proposed Longview project should be kept within reason. This plan will be a positive economic stimulus for local businesses and other retail businesses. Please move forward with the process in a timely manner. It's the fair thing to do.

Sincerely,Michael Merchant Michael Merchanty merchsavage@aol.com