Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000038
Received: 9/18/2013 6:11:24 PM
Commenter: Dana Minium
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
I have lived in Cowlitz County for 50 years and I am a business owner next door to the proposed Longview site, a citizen of Washington State, an inhabitant of this great planet Earth and I deeply oppose the proposed Millennium Coal project!
The scope of this project and its potential health threat to me, my family, my community, my state, the children where the coal will be burned in Asia, the ranches and land where the coal will be mined, the homes, businesses, wildlife, and rivers along the rail transporting the open coal cars, and our Global Climate FAR outweigh any good that could possibly come of such an outdated means of energy. Washington State is moving towards the 21st century with clean energy jobs and away from dirty coal..... How could this project be even considered?
I demand that the scope of your studies include the mining, transportation, storage, and burning of this coal because it is intertwined and will affect everyone it touches along the way. This is not a normal project proposal; they are not asking to build just a dock. The scope is huge and all encompassing. The coal dust is more than the eye can see, it is miniscule. It impacts must be studied everywhere the dust will travel to.
I also ask that the health and environmental impacts from the "dust retardant" that is promised to be sprayed repeatedly on the coal to keep the coal dust contained is examined closely. The sheer volume needed every single day from the point of the mines, along the rails, and in Longview while being stored and loaded onto vessels on the Columbia River is grounds for a serious health and environmental assessment. Even if it is simply water proposed as a dust container, I ask that the impact of this water be studied also. We are asked not to wash our cars in city limits where the soapy water could runoff into the stormwater system and eventually get into our rivers. Yet, I am to believe that tons and tons of coal will be washed off and seep into our land and eventually into our waterways and that is okay? Really? Can I use coal dust to wash my vehicles, face and hands because it is more safe than soap? Truly, I am confused how such ridiculousness is even considered? What is the impact of this dust retardant or water or whatever it is will be to the ground and waterways it falls upon?
Cowlitz County citizens deserve to breathe clean air. The winds from the proposed site blow directly across the community. I personally see the wind pick up at the site every daily with 100’s of mini wind funnels moving through our construction yard every year from the unstable winds that come off the river at the proposed site. The proposed increased number of trains carrying the coal will run through our neighborhoods where our schools and playgrounds are.
Cowlitz Co. residents deserve to have Alcoa clean up the old Reynolds site so that we can have a clean, shovel ready, prime riverfront property available to attract the types of industry that will sustain us in the 21st century and for our future generations. We owe that to them.
Other similar sites on our valuable river front employ 1000's of people. Millennium plans to employ 130 people which 124 already exist, therefore adding just a handful of jobs. The 1000's of construction jobs promised are minor and temporary in the big picture. I have personally heard several professional people in our community who will move their families out of town if the coal plant comes in. We already have a tough time attracting the teachers, doctors, and other professionals needed in our community. Bringing coal will hurt the net number of jobs and therefore is certainly no mitigation to the mountains of coal we would have to endure passing through our community.
How can we with good conscious allow big labor and big business to steal our Evergreen State's quality of life.... let alone the children in Asia who will have to directly breath the smoke, or the salmon of our rivers we have spent millions on to save..... There is no way the coal dust, diesel emissions, river traffic, carcinogenic pollutants released into our atmosphere from burning coal is good for anyone! We most certainly can do better for the citizens of this community.