Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000048 

Received: 9/18/2013 12:26:00 PM
Commenter: Alice Shapiro
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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
From:Alice Shapiro <alice.shapiro2@gmail.com> Sent:Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:26 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Sep 17, 2013

US Army Corps of Engineers, Cowlitz County, Washington Department of Ecology WA

Dear Washington Department of Ecology,

Please accept these scoping comments for the environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBTL) proposal for Longview, WA.

Testimony of Alice Shapiro, 7426 SE 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97202, 971.279.5819 alice.shapiro2@gmail.com September 17th, 2013 Coal exports are dirty and dangerous for my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and for every living creature on this planet. This submission addresses just one part of this issue, coal dust and the fact that even when surfactant is applied, the impacts will not be adequately mitigated. This dust has impacts on health, including chronic bronchitis, decreased lung function, cancer, and other diseases Children's lungs are the most vulnerable Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad spokesperson reported that oin a 400 mile trip, about the distance from the source of the coal to export terminals, each car emits about 645 pounds of coal dust (the weight of a female polar bear, Siberian tiger, or alligator) osurfactant prevents 85% of dust emissions othere are about 125 cars per train The numbers above mean that even with surfactant, 100 pounds of dust per car (nearly my weight), can still escape which means that with only four coals trains per day (and there will be more), 50,000 pounds of coal dust will be spewed into our atmosphere (about the weight of 3 large male African elephants) Also, train cars have "weep holes" for water to exit. The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that rain on coal can flush out heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead. The last study done by the EPA regarding these concerns was done in 1978! Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are known to greatly damage marine life, are also pollutants in water contaminated by coal dust. This topic has not been well studied either. I am not willing to gamble on the future of our environment and on the dire health consequences for my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and all other living creatures with whom we share this planet. Further studies are needed before we allow these terminals to be built. There are numerous impacts and I demand that the Department of Ecology not allow these projects to proceed until and only if all of the adverse effects can be 100% mitigated.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Alice Shapiro 7426 SE 21st Ave Portland, OR 97202-6224