Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002360
Received: 6/9/2016 5:45:51 PM
Commenter: Jeffery Childers
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Allow me to voice my strong support for the proposed port at Longview. We need to move on as quickly as possible. The draft EIS is sufficient and complete, it’s time for progress.
Media coverage would have us believe that transporting coal by rail through our state is unprecedented, it’s not. We’ve transported coal through our state for many decades. The objections about coal dust are coming from squeaky wheel environmentalists speaking on personal conviction rather than scientific fact. An overwhelming majority of the state supports coal exports if they meet environmental requirements, and I do too. Local, state and federal regulators should consider that Washington can have BOTH economic growth and a healthy environment.
I urge you not to be swayed by outside fanatics who do not care about our county or our people. The environmental review process for Millennium Bulk Terminals should be held to the same standard as every other port or infrastructure project. We have a very fair and comprehensive process in place, and I question the motives of those who say otherwise. Thank you for your consideration.