Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000659
Received: 5/21/2016 6:53:15 PM
Commenter: Jean Avery
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Please deny the permit for the Millennium Bulk coal-export terminal.
I am concerned that the Applicant may inflate the promise of jobs to push this project through. While the Longview area needs jobs, there is a difference between short-term jobs and permanent jobs. Even with the no-action alternative, there would be new jobs. And there is a growing trend away from fossil fuels and toward clean-energy jobs.
According to the draft EIS:
• 3-2-13: Longview’s 2014 unemployment rate (8.5%) and Cowlitz County’s unemployment rate (8.4%) are both higher than WA State overall (6.3%) and the U.S. (5.6%).
• 3.2-23: There would be only 135 jobs during operations [long-term].
• 3.2-28: Construction and operation of the No-Action Alternative would likely result in new jobs (in addition to the 30 jobs at the existing bulk product terminal), which would generate additional direct, indirect, and induced wages and economic output. Construction and operation of the No-Action Alternative would also generate sales tax, B&O tax, and property tax revenue to the county and state.
In addition, the time has come to transition to clean-energy jobs:
• The Department of Energy boasts that “wind energy capacity has increased nearly 16-fold between 2000 and 2010,” and “U.S. solar installations have grown seventeen-fold since 2008.”
. The Natural Resources Defense Council states: “The clean energy economy is growing fast -- latest reports show that the sector supports 2.5 million jobs in America.”
I think The Columbian said it well in its May 13 editorial (and I quote): “While jobs and tax revenue are essential, so is clean air and clean water. A strong economy and a clean environment are not diametrically opposed notions, and Washington should move toward the economy of the future while working to turn coal dust and oil spills into relics of the past.”
Please deny the permit, and work to generate clean-energy jobs instead.