Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001377
Received: 5/26/2016 7:26:10 PM
Commenter: Patrick Baumann
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
This is a great use of an old industrial site. We need more companies willing to clean up and utilize brownfield sites. It is time that we all consider the facts, rather than the emotion involved with this project.
Coal is not toxic especially in regards to the elements / minerals contained in coal. Coal is not toxic in water â€" coal is not soluble and chemical bonds are only released through burning. The DOE approved water treatment facility at the old Reynolds aluminum site (now MBTL) has large water filters that contain anthracite coal to clean the water. The final water polishing step before being discharged to the river is coal and has been for decades. No further study is needed!
The co-lead agencies are presenting an excellent DEIS process. I urge them to proceed promptly with a final Environmental Impact Statement that allows Millennium Bulk Terminals to become one step closer to building, hiring, and exporting. Under this scenario good paying jobs will come to a community in need. Not only will the local but the regional economy will reap the benefits. Please do the right thing and make this project a reality.