Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000623
Received: 5/20/2016 10:48:51 AM
Commenter: William Brake
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I am Professional Engineer (PE) with 35 Years in the Energy Business and offer this comment on Cultural resources.
S.7.2 Cultural Resources
Demolition of the Reynolds Metals Reduction Plant Historic District is an unavoidable and significant adverse environmental impact. The Memorandum of Agreement is currently being negotiated among the Corps, Cowlitz County, DAHP, City of Longview, BPA, National Park Service, potentially affected Native American tribes, and the Applicant. The Memorandum may resolve this impact in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
This is a historic location in Cowlitz County and worth documenting for history purposes but more importantly, it is idle buildings and equipment that is a "Toxic Stew" and needs to be properly cleaned up. To build on top of this "Toxic Stew" only adds to the long term clean up efforts and clean up should be the first priority and not to build on top of this and add to the problems to be cleaned up between 30 and 100 years from now with no one but the Taxpayers paying for this actions. It is my recommendation to issue a "No Action Alternative" for the MBTL Coal Terminal and expedite the cleanup and demolition of the Reynolds Metal Reduction Plant. Then and Only Then should proposals for the use of the 540 acres of land or 190 acres of useable land be initiated. To concurrently do the clean up and building only makes matters worse in the long term.
Thank You for allowing Public Comment on the MBTL Coal Export Terminal
William Brake PE