Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000434 

Received: 5/17/2016 6:55:57 PM
Commenter: Connie  Bolte

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
In a time that has included seeing neighbors and friends out of work and under-employed, we need to encourage economic development. In my opinion, that cannot happen soon enough. That is why I am writing today. Current world markets and decision in East Asia re capital allocation over the last decade demonstrate that American coal exports are not necessary to, nor causally-related to, decisions in China, Korea or Japan to build coal-fueled power generation capacity. The environmental impacts will occur regardless of Cowlitz County and Ecology decisions to grant permits for construction of the project-specific docks and terminals in question. Millennium Bulk Terminals has done a great deal to assure that environmental protections are put in place for its proposed import/export terminal. I see Millennium as being an asset to the surrounding communities and the economic outlook of our nation as a whole. Please see that this project is allowed to proceed. Some former employees of General Motors developed a Carbon Sequestration System that will greatly reduce emissions caused by the use of coal. Unfortunately, since President Obama directed the company away from that direction when they filed for Chapter 11 protection, those who worked for GM and who also developed a patent for their system have long since been unemployed and the idea seems to have been forgotten. That is a shame. Nothing is more efficient at making our machines work than coal. There are some great ideas but most of them do not work very well, except for coal. Please support efforts to keep these talented and informed people working so that they cam focus their efforts on ways to keep the carbon emissions and other potential pollutants at bay by developing systems that work better and pollute less.