Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000011 

Received: 9/2/2013 10:47:55 PM
Commenter: Pam Borso
State: Washington

Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
I am Pam Borso, a resident of Custer, Washington located about 3 miles from the GPT proposed at Cherry Point. I live 1 block from the current rail line. I am concerned locally but in addition I am concerned about the rail impacts from the mine to the terminal. I am deeply concerned about the potential impact on public health and the environment from the various proposals to transport coal from Montana and Wyoming to terminals on the Pacific Coast for export to Asia. The proposal to build a coal-hauling railroad line through the Tongue River Valley seems especially misguided for two main reasons: 1) it would have negative impacts on the residents, the quality of life, and the environment in the Tongue River Valley; and 2) it would contribute to similar negative impacts for the residents, the quality of life, and the environment in the Pacific Northwest in general. Because it is part of a larger project to export coal from the US to Asia through ports on the Pacific coast, the proposed Tongue River Valley railroad would have much more extensive impacts. I believe that a responsible EIS will take these impacts into account. For example, the diesel particulate matter from the additional trains As well as the coal dust lost from each car. Regarding the Tongue River Valley rail proposal, I would like you to study the impacts on air water and sound quality as it applies to the full rail travel of the proposed coal line. Thank you for taking my comment. Sincerely, Pam Borso