Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003289 

Received: 11/13/2013 4:58:00 PM
Commenter: Pete 
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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:Pbnkmn1@aol.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:59 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:EIS - Millennium

I would like to add my support to the proposed port at Longview and ask that the environmental study proceed rapidly.

The EIS should consider the fact that as Columbia River vessel traffic has declined 30%, from a peak of 2021 ships in the year 2000 to 1404 ships in 2011, increased vessel traffic as the increased volume will be replacing lost vessel traffic not increasing total volumes. The EIS should recognize the beneficial impact of increased vessel traffic in such areas as reducing pilotage costs and increasing the port service infrastructure (e.g. additional tugs to serve the lower Columbia River).

The opening of Millennium Bulk Terminals proposed coal export facility will have a significantly positive impact not only on the state of Washington but the entire country. So I not only urge you to keep this permitting process moving forward at an efficient pace, but to also keep the scope within reason. Thank you.

Sincerely, Pete Pbnkmn1@aol.com