Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002459 

Received: 6/10/2016 2:09:41 PM
Commenter: Althea Blackburn
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Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
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Submission Text
Millennium Bulk Terminals has proposed a coal export terminal at Longview that is both environmentally-sound and economically beneficial. I ask that you approve this project and the environmental study without delay. 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. So let's get moving as quickly as possible to make this project happen. It's what's best for Washington, and best for our economy and tax base.