Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000033
Received: 9/17/2013 6:31:51 PM
Commenter: Debra Higbee-Sudyka
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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I am a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, with children and grandchildren who live in Portland. I am very concerned about their future and I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the scoping process for the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
With five proposed coal export terminals, there is a potential that this region will export over 100 million tons of coal per year. The cumulative effects of these projects will have long-term and significant consequences to Oregon residents, visitors, and the environment and cultural resources. The EIS should evaluate the cumulative impacts of all of these coal trains and their impact in communities like Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, Spokane, Seattle, and the Tri-Cities. Please take this larger view into consideration.
The 16 mile-long trains each day, which transport the coal, will increase air pollution due to the open coal cars. The open coal piles will also harm the community. Further, any infrastructure improvements that would be necessary to facilitate coal trains — such as the proposed SR 432 re-alignment project and a new overpass at the foot of the Lewis & Clark Bridge — should be part of the EIS review.
The EIS should evaluate the human health impact of coal exports on Longview from coal dust and diesel pollution, and should assess how toxic coal will impact the Columbia River.
The big elephant in the room is Climate Change, which should also be taken into consideration. The burning of coal not only contributes to poor air quality, but to the carbon in the atmosphere, which has the potential to make this planet uninhabitable for future generations. It is our ethical duty to stop burning coal and transition to alternative energy and conservation. Therefore the effect of burning coal, which adds additional carbon to the atmosphere and its effect on future generations should also be included in the EIS.
Respectfully submitted by Debra Higbee-Sudyka