Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000071 

Received: 9/17/2013 11:26:00 AM
Commenter: Melvin Adams
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
From:Melvin Adams <> Sent:Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:26 AM Subject:coal terminal

The coal terminal should not be permitted for the following reasons:

> coal trains will deposit dust along the Columbia river gorge adversely impacting property values and the environmental and human health in the towns along the rail routes in the gorge.

> the additional coal trains will generate more noise in the towns along the gorge. To see the impact of the noise of trains already just stay at the Best Western at Cascade Locks.

> research at UW and elsewhere has shown that coal pollutants in China can reach the Pacific Northwest in just a few days if the atmospheric conditions are right as they often are and this is not to mention the addition of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

> coal trains add additional visual pollution to the gorge -- one of the most beautiful places in the world. Tourists come to see the gorge not trains. The economic impact of reduced tourism needs to be considered.

> the so called jobs added and the types of jobs has not been well quantified. The benefits of job creation if any need to be considered against the environmental, health and property value costs as mentioned above.

We are under no obligation to supply China with an energy source that adversely impacts our own health and environment and we should not do so. China for their own sake needs to get off the addiction to fossil fuels.

Melvin Adams, 1516 Goethals, Richland, WA 99354