Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000015 

Received: 9/8/2013 10:01:59 PM
Commenter: Patt Doyle
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
The effect of the coal terminal will spread from the origin of the coal, down the columbia River, to China and back to the United States of America. The scope of the EIS, it has to be from the point of entry into Washington to the exit from Washington, although, the effect will be from where it is mined (not in our state) to here. What the trains leave along the tracks and in the river, what the piles will do in Longview to the potential for disaster in the Columbia River, especially on the River Bar, then to the international borders, until the ships leave the US. The scope will need to consider the additional pollution returning to our country from the burnt coal in China. Privatizing the profit and having the public pay the cost is immoral. The County can not afford to upgrade the train tracks necessary for the new train traffic over the already very busy roads of Longview. The cost of pollution from the stock piles of coal would be paid by the public again: the run-off into the Columbia, the health costs of the residents of Longview and everyone along the train tracks from Wyoming and Montana. The oyster beds of Washington’s Willapa Bay today are in the brink of extinction due to acidification of the ocean. As a child I lived near train track in Appalachia. When we played there my mother was always so angry because we would came back in filthy coal covered clothes. To further degrade the Columbia River and the quality of life along it is not worth having any coal brought to the Pacific Northwest.