Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003119 

Received: 11/13/2013 7:02:00 PM
Commenter: Rhonda Sciarra

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 7:03 PM Subject:Support for Longview/EIS comment

I recommend you quickly study the Longview port, and that it be approved as soon as possible. The environmental study will clearly outline a plan that works for the benefit of jobs and conservation in Washington and that will deliver a commodity that is in demand by the worldwide electricity market.

The scoping decision should limit the analysis of impacts in the EIS to those impacts that have a close connection to the project. Impacts that have a superseding cause to an impact can be identified, but should not be studied to the same degree as impacts that are proximately caused by the project. For instance, because the proposal is a terminal proposal, the use of the bulk commodity by a third party is a superseding and intervening cause to the combustion of coal. As a result of these superseding causes, the construction and operation of the terminal is not a proximate cause of the combustion of coal. If a close causal relationship cannot be established for emissions, the impacts should only be accounted for as part of the No Action Alternative as an impact that would have occurred without the project and studied nonetheless in the cumulative impact section of the EIS as a non-project impact, if studied at all.

I appreciate the opportunity to add my thoughts to the public comment period. The agencies should proceed to the next phase as quickly as possible.

Sincerely, Rhonda Sciarra