Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000104 

Received: 9/14/2013 6:46:00 AM
Commenter: Cheryl Mitchell
Organization: 
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:Cheryl Mitchell <milawoff@aol.com> Sent:Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:46 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 15, 2013

MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WA Dept of Ecology, EIS,

I am an attorney in Spokane. I am the parent of a child who suffers from asthma. I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. Do you have any idea how much the pollution from coal trains would cost in terms of health care costs? The coal industry doesn't care, because they will not have to pay any of these costs.

This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. It is grossly unfair to make the public pay for the increased costs associated with health care when the coal industry will benefit.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Mitchell

Spokane, WA 99205-4813 (509) 327-5181