Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002062 

Received: 6/7/2016 4:27:07 PM
Commenter: John  Allendorf
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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 DEIS should have focused on actual impacts, and only analyzed those that can be discerned and evaluated using credible analyses. For instance, the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is not an impact. The impacts would be if altered weather patterns and sea level rise if they resulted from the accumulation of carbon dioxide, and other GHGs, in the atmosphere over the course of long time periods. However, the degree of emissions required to cause those impacts is vastly greater than the emissions that can be attributed to this project, even if you incorrectly assume that exported coal will result in incremental new emissions, rather than simply displacing coal that is already available from other sources. Climate change impacts, such as ocean acidification and temperature increases, cannot be attributed to this project because there will be no discernible climate change effect from this project. Emissions from use of the coal exported across this terminal, even if assumed to be incrementally new emissions, are simply too small in comparison to the emissions over long time periods required to change the global climate in measurable ways. Please call it good and issue a final EIS. I can't think of one good reason why this port shouldn't move forward. I hope my comments will be considered and added to those of others asking for approval of this great project.