Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000274 

Received: 5/10/2016 6:36:27 PM
Commenter: Greg Butcher

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Allow me to voice my strong support for the proposed port at Longview. We need to move on as quickly as possible. The draft EIS is sufficient and complete â€" it’s time for progress. In Longview, 56% of kids need free and reduced price lunch at schools and go home to neighborhoods facing 8% unemployment. We cannot afford to look the other way when projects in this area guarantee new jobs and private investment in our schools, roads, and local services. In fact, the estimated number of jobs related to construction activity at the Millennium Bulk Terminals project is 1,350 temporary direct jobs - that will mean $70 million in direct wages! When the project is completed there will be about 135 direct jobs and about 165 indirect jobs. These numbers simply cannot be ignored. Remember this project’s economic benefits to the local community. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the process and for considering my input as you begin reviewing this project.