Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001594
Received: 5/31/2016 5:32:19 PM
Commenter: Bob Arambel
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Please consider my comments on the DEIS of the proposed Cowlitz County coal export terminal. This is an excellent project and one that will bring broad-ranging economic benefits to Washington and to the national economic outlook for years to come.
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.
Our region is in a critically important place economically and I believe that what we accomplish over the next several years will either help or hinder our economic recovery. Without a doubt this proposal will help our recovery. Thank you for beginning the scoping process.