Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001688 

Received: 5/31/2016 6:49:42 PM
Commenter: Wendy  Beye

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
I live in eastern Montana, where coal provides the economic underpinning for many small rural communities. A new terminal on the west coast would provide coal producers better access to Asian markets. The rush to shut down coal-fired generating plants and close coal mines will be very detrimental to many communities. The environmental benefit of such action is questionable when compared to the disruption of families when they are forced to leave the communities they grew up in to find work in other areas. Montana would lose 7,000 jobs if the coal industry was shut down, with the brunt of the effects falling on small eastern Montana communities.