Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003121 

Received: 11/8/2013 7:19:00 AM
Commenter: Mitchell Shea

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:Friday, November 08, 2013 7:20 AM Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals scoping

I appreciate the opportunity to add my voice to that of others in supporting the environmental study for the proposed port at Longview. The scoping will present a clear picture of how Millennium Bulk Terminals will proceed.

Coal should not be considered an expanding market, especially in the Asian market. It is facing growing opposition in China and other industrializing nations as the effects of coal use accumulate. Significant areas of their countries are approaching a tipping point in terms of livability and market for coal will predictably decline in the next decade, leaving Longview with an equally declining area of employment, and an industrial site contaminated with imported pollutants.

The long term economic viability of this project is not very good. Adding the cost of Washington State tax incentives together with the results of this environmental review should further discourage progress on this project.

Congratulations on starting the first stage to developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. I hope you will include several outside, independent agencies to corroborate your findings.

Thank you for accepting public comment in this matter.

Sincerely, Mitchell Shea Mitchell Shea