Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001879 

Received: 6/2/2016 6:26:04 PM
Commenter: Laurie  Bakken

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Our state is trade dependent and a critical part of the import/export infrastructure of the West coast. International trade is essential to the economy of Washington and supports many family-wage jobs. 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 again to the agencies for allowing public comment on this important proposal. It should continue to go forward with much enthusiasm.