Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000982 

Received: 5/24/2016 5:47:40 PM
Commenter: Jeanene  Bryan
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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
There's no time like the present to support the draft study as it relates to the port at Longview. We need the economic boost this port will provide and the world needs American coal. Remember the fact that as Columbia River vessel traffic has declined 30%, from a peak of 2021 ships in the year 2000 to 1404 ships in 2011, increased vessel traffic as the increased volume will be replacing lost vessel traffic not increasing total volumes. Millennium will be a positive impact of increased vessel traffic in such areas as reducing pilotage costs and increasing the port service infrastructure (e.g. additional tugs to serve the lower Columbia River). This is an old industrial property being redeveloped. Keep the review to what is normal and factual.