Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003299 

Received: 11/13/2013 10:55:00 PM
Commenter: Brian Cates
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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:bcautotek@yahoo.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:56 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Scoping for Millennium's coal export

I'm writing in support of Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal in southwest Washington. I recommend you move forward with the environmental study, which will create jobs and economic benefit for a wide region.

The scoping decision should include a timetable for issuance of a Draft EIS and a final EIS. Ecology's SEPA Rules require a final EIS to be issued "as close as possible" to the time that Millennium submitted its proposal. Scoping started more than 18 months after the application was submitted. The lead agencies must work to issue a Draft EIS within one year of the start of scoping, and a final EIS within 18 months from the start of scoping.

I applaud the agencies work on this permit process. The results will provide a more-than thorough "hard look" at the possible impacts of the Millennium Project in Longview which is needed to keep things moving ahead. Thank you.

Sincerely, Brian Cates Brian Cates bcautotek@yahoo.com