Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0003335
Received: 6/13/2016 9:07:07 PM
Commenter: Donald Collins
Organization: Western Research Institute
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
It is important to put in perspective the projected 3.2 million metric tons of annual carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) emissions in 2028 for the Proposed Action. These CO2eq emissions are nine one-thousandth of a percent (0.009%) of the global 35.6 billion metric tons projected by the Department of Energy (DOE) in the 2026 International Energy Outlook (IEO2016), and seven one-thousandth of a percent (0.007%) of the 2040 global CO2eq emission projection of 43.2 billion metric tons. The finding in the SEPA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that Proposed Action is an “Unavoidable and Significant Adverse Environmental Impact” concerning greenhouse gas emissions and climate change is substantially overstated given the extremely relative low amount of CO2eq emissions for the Proposed Action (0.007% and 0.009%) compared to the DOE projected total global CO2eq emissions. Therefore and based upon the extremely low percentage contribution to total global CO2eq emissions the SEPA DEIS finding of “Unavoidable and Significant Adverse Environmental Impact” is unwarranted.