Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000086 

Received: 9/16/2013 1:50:00 AM
Commenter: Ronna Loerch
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:Ronna Loerch <> Sent:Monday, September 16, 2013 1:50 AM Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,

Ronna A. Loerch, RN, MA 360-305-2936 116 Aspen DriveEverson, WA 98247

16 September 2013

Scoping Committee for Coal Export terminal Longview, WA

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

I stand before you to ask you to include the following impacts of the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal 1.Because each molecule of water and air is connected to each other I am asking that you expand the scope of your Environmental Impacts to study the impact of this project on the planet. 2.With this broader scope in mind I ask that you study the impact of how many tons of Carbon Dioxide will be added to the earth's atmosphere each year from the exported coal intended to be moved through this area and burned off our shores. 3.After studying how many tons of Carbon Dioxide will enter the earth's atmosphere from this burned coal I ask you to study the impact this release of CO2 will have on the global temperature of our planet. 4.Given that CO2 is taken up by the water of the earth which then leads to acidification of the water, I ask that you study the impact of this acidification on the ability of creatures living in the sea to survive. The impact of this acidification on the local water and fisheries as well as the global sea acidification. 5.I ask that you study the impacts of coal dust from the mountains of coal to be stored on site at the Gateway Pacific Terminal. This is coal that cannot be coated to prevent dust. Where will this coal dust blow (prevailing winds) and how much will fall on neighboring homes, land and water. 6.I ask that you study the impact of runoff from the local site on the added mercury and acidification of local waters in terms of survival of the local fisheries, namely herring which is already threatened. 7.I ask that you study the impact that the coal terminal's massive demands on the Public Utility District's water means for agriculture and for the city of Ferndale?

Finally, let me say that the fossil fuel industry has gone rogue. Their business plan is to wreck the planet for as much short term profit as they can muster. They are criminal in these actions and their corporate charter should be revoked by this state. In this matter I stand before you as a conservative. To ask that I have air I can breathe safely, water I can drink safely and a planet that supports me safely is a conservative request. The fossil fuel industry is radical. We are connected to each other in ways never before known. You have the big brains to be able to figure out how this all works together. I ask that you act with all due diligence in this task.

Ronna Loerch 116 Aspen Drive Everson,, WA 98247 3603052936