Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001021
Received: 5/24/2016 6:11:23 PM
Commenter: Frank Bronski
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft EIS for this extremely important project. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time, and having now reviewed the draft EIS, I can see why it has taken so long. You have taken an unnecessarily broad scope and studied each aspect of it to death.
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).
As you well know, an EIS is supposed to take a "hard look at environmental consequences" and reach a decision based on the facts presented. The scope of this document should be limited to the immediate impacted areas so we can keep moving forward. Hundreds of people with families are not only waiting but depending on having the security of a long-term, good-paying job.