Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000117 

Received: 8/18/2013 12:32:00 PM
Commenter: Alex Brown
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:Alex Brown <alex@bark-out.org> Sent:Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:32 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:For the Longview Coal EIS

Establishing a coal export terminal in Longview, WA, will have significant impacts to the environment locally from increased pollution, globally from increased CO2 emissions, and to the human environment, including increased traffic and slower emergency responses to communities cut off by the trains.

Please either withdraw this proposal or spend the millions of dollars to properly analyze these impacts, at which point it only seems reasonable that the findings will demonstrate that this project is bad for the Pacific NW and for the global population.

Coal export would harm 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, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

In addition, the coal train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, tax-payer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the SR 432 Project. The SR 432 Project must be analyzed in the Millennium EIS.

Alex Brown 3756 SE Lafayette Ct Portland, OR 97202 503.326.4460