Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003148 

Received: 11/13/2013 3:27:00 PM
Commenter: Kot von Unrug
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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:kotunrug@windstream.net Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:28 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Scoping - Millennium's coal export

It's with great enthusiasm that I write today urging timely study of the environmental study that will get Millennium Bulk Terminals port off the ground and under construction. We need the jobs this terminal will provide.

Coal exports are a huge opportunity for the Northwest. The infrastructure coal companies are creating will expand trade of all kinds, from apples to software. This was the conclusion of a Farm Bureau Study published in June - that coal export infrastructure will make it cheaper and faster to export goods of all kinds. At a time of increased competition from both West and East Coast ports, Washington needs to seize these opportunities to expand trade and create thousands of family-wage jobs. Regulators should take these economic considerations into account when designing their scope of review.

Millennium Bulk Terminals scoping should be thorough but held to the same standards as any other port proposal. We need to do everything we can to strengthen and grow the economy of Washington and the west in general. The project proposed will do just that. Thank you. Countries with untiundustrial policies end up poor and unable to take care of their citizens and the environment.

Sincerely, Kot von Unrug, Ph.D. DSc kotunrug@windstream.net