Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001028
Received: 5/24/2016 6:16:13 PM
Commenter: Vic Burri
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I'm writing in support of Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal in southwest Washington. I recommend you move forward now that the draft environmental study is complete. It will create jobs and economic benefit for a wide region.
In Longview, 56% of kids need free and reduced price lunch at schools and go home to neighborhoods facing 8% unemployment. We cannot afford to look the other way when projects in this area guarantee new jobs and private investment in our schools, roads, and local services. In fact, the estimated number of jobs related to construction activity at the Millennium Bulk Terminals project is 1,350 temporary direct jobs - that will mean $70 million in direct wages! When the project is completed there will be about 135 direct jobs and about 165 indirect jobs. These numbers simply cannot be ignored. Remember this project’s economic benefits to the local community.
Now's the time to utilize trade infrastructure. The Millennium Bulk Terminals project is one step closer to being able to participate in this vital business. Thanks to the agencies for considering my comments.