Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000394 

Received: 5/17/2016 6:12:47 PM
Commenter: Philip Alger
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Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
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Submission Text
The environmental study for the Longview port should be accepted as sufficient sooner rather than later. I support this plan and the many positive economic and environmental benefits it will reap. Coal is not toxic especially in regards to the elements / minerals contained in coal. Coal is not toxic in water coal is not soluble and chemical bonds are only released through burning. The DOE approved water treatment facility at the old Reynolds aluminum site (now MBTL) has large water filters that contain anthracite coal to clean the water. The final water polishing step before being discharged to the river is coal and has been for decades. No further study is needed! 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 to accept the DEIS as sufficient. Thank you.