Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002464 

Received: 6/10/2016 2:12:39 PM
Commenter: Scott Brooks
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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
There's no time like the present to support the draft study as it relates to the port at Longview. We need the economic boost this port will provide and the world needs American coal. What most folks in Seattle tend to forget is that not everyone in Washington lives in Puget Sound. Not all of us work in the high-tech industry, and we still earn good livings as farmers, working at ports or in manufacturing. We make things, harvest and develop natural resources, feed our community and help facilitate trade in our great state. And we need more jobs like this â€" especially in Cowlitz County where our unemployment rate is 8 percent. Millennium Bulk Terminals can bring great jobs to our county â€" not to mention the much-needed tax revenues. Let’s not forget about how much time, effort and money Millennium has spent to clean up the port. Frankly, it was an environmental blight on our community, but now it will be a critical link for expanding trade for Southwest Washington. Again, having good jobs and protecting the environment can go hand in hand. Cowlitz County is fraught with uncertainty. Millennium’s proposal, however, offers all the economic benefits of a long-term port facility without any of the uncertainty. Coal is needed by other countries to help shape their future and enhance their quality of life. Let's give other countries the living standards we have for ourselves.