Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001234
Received: 5/26/2016 6:09:27 PM
Commenter: Tracy Brown
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I am proud to add my voice in support of the Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview. The project is an excellent opportunity for the community and I am thrilled to see that Millennium has made strong commitments both to the economy and to the environment.
The economy depends on trade. It creates jobs working the railroads and ships, loading cargo at the ports, growing crops for export, and building the infrastructure necessary to support a trade-based economy. However, trade depends on permitting approval to construct this infrastructure. If the federal, state, or local government apply different permitting standards to projects exporting coal, they are creating a dangerous precedent that will make it hard to build new infrastructure needed to export other goods, like wheat or manufactured products. The environmental groups have a long history of challenging trade based projects in the northwest, such as Columbia river dredging, new rail facilities and/or export terminals. Governments shouldn’t threaten trade or the jobs that depend on it.
Thanks for considering my comments.