Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0003279
Received: 6/13/2016 7:37:20 PM
Commenter: Trent Black
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Dear Cowlitz County and Washington Department of Ecology,
I applaud both Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology for conducting a comprehensive and sufficient environmental review of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview and want to underscore my strong support for the approval of this project.
First, an opportunity like Millennium will ensure Washington can maintain and grow its trade infrastructure. Greenlighting this terminal would increase our ability to ship products abroad to growing markets, thereby spurring greater investments at home. The terminal would also allow our state to compete more closely with other trade markets in North America including trade terminals in Canada and California.
The benefits for local communities are equally noteworthy. Washington has long depended on trade and exports a vital portion of our economy, directly and indirectly creating nearly 40 percent of all of our state’s jobs. Ushering in developments like Millennium Bulk Terminals – now thoroughly reviewed and vetted – will provide critical economic opportunities for local communities throughout Washington. It could create as many as 2,650 direct and indirect jobs during construction, with 300 direct and indirect opportunities supporting the community once the project is complete. The local economy would also see an additional $5.9 million in tax revenue during construction and an additional $1.7 million annually post-construction. Both of these are on top of the state’s tax revenue estimated at $37.2 million during construction and $2.2 million annually thereafter.
The study phase of Millennium was an important opportunity for both of your departments to exhaustively examine the project’s potential impacts, and from that, develop appropriate mitigation measures that would avoid or minimize these findings. Now outfitted with the thorough review, I strongly urge the co-agency leads to continue the permitting process for Millennium Bulk Terminal project with the hope of final approval. The benefits to businesses across the state, and those who they employ and our local economy are too great to ignore.
I thank you for the opportunity to comment.