Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001477
Received: 5/31/2016 10:51:33 AM
Commenter: David Taylor
Organization: Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
On behalf of the 565,000 Pennsylvanians who work in manufacturing, I am writing to voice my support for the proposed export facility in Longview that is currently undergoing environmental review.
I am pleased that the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County concluded that the project area would experience no significant adverse environmental impacts from the port expansion. I am, however, deeply concerned that the draft environmental report recommends that the owners of the terminal mitigate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions not only of the project itself but the goods being shipped through the terminal. This is dangerous precedent for manufacturers who export their products, all of which contain an environmental footprint.
Federal and state environmental permitting laws all consistently set the scope of an infrastructure review to local environmental impacts. By forcing the terminal operators to account not only for the local environmental impacts of the port expansion but also the global environmental footprint of the cargo, the Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County are creating a dangerous precedent that could be used to impede exports of all products, not just in Washington but from ports across the country. That is a bad policy for manufacturers, who rely heavily on exports to compete in a global economy.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I urge the agencies to issue final permits for this project as quickly as possible and remove language related to the mitigation of emissions from goods being shipped through the terminal.