Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000985 

Received: 5/24/2016 5:49:23 PM
Commenter: Joseph  Beeler
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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
Please move forward with the government’s environmental study. I say let's get moving with the Longview port ASAP. 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 â€" especially in Cowlitz County where our unemployment rate is 8 percent. Millennium Bulk Terminals can bring great jobs to our county â€" 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 can't think of one good reason why this port shouldn't move forward. I hope my comments will be considered and added to those of others asking for approval of this great project.