Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001042
Received: 5/24/2016 6:29:39 PM
Commenter: John Anderton
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Please consider my comments on Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project. I am very concerned that this environmental review and permitting has taken twice as long as any other port project.
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.
Thank you for your work to move forward with this project.