Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003302 

Received: 11/14/2013 1:22:00 PM
Commenter: Jacobus Scholten
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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
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
From:dascholten@yahoo.com Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:22 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Stop the unreasonable roadblocks and prohibitive regulations to the use of coal. Coal can be used to provide energy is a clean and cost effective manner if not regulated to death by the Obama led administration. Viable alternatives that include whole cost

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 in opening and operating this port and the economic, environmental, and social benefits of this project are deserving of approval.

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.

Sincerely, Jacobus Scholten Jacobus Scholten dascholten@yahoo.com