Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000682 

Received: 5/23/2016 12:23:25 PM
Commenter: JAYNE  CHRISTENSEN
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Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
My comments pertain to the draft EIS for the Longview coal export facility. I hope you will give them good consideration. What most folks in Seattle tend to forget is that not everyone in Washington lives in Puget Sound. Not all of us work in the high-tech industry, and we still earn good livings as farmers, working at ports or in manufacturing. We make things, harvest and develop natural resources, feed our community and help facilitate trade in our great state. And we need more jobs like this, especially in Cowlitz County where our unemployment rate is 8 percent. Millennium Bulk Terminals can bring great jobs to our county not to mention the much-needed tax revenues. Let’s not forget about how much time, effort and money Millennium has spent to clean up the port. Frankly, it was an environmental blight on our community, but now it will be a critical link for expanding trade for Southwest Washington. Again, having good jobs and protecting the environment can go hand in hand. I appreciate the opportunity to add my thoughts to the public comment period. The agencies should proceed to the next phase as quickly as possible.