Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000126 

Received: 8/17/2013 11:14:00 AM
Commenter: Bonnie New
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:Bonnie New <> Sent:Saturday, August 17, 2013 11:44 AM Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals public scoping comments

I am writing to strongly oppose the proposal to transport coal through the Columbia Gorge, and in and out of a terminal in Longview, WA. Coal exports coming through the Gorge will negatively affect our air and water quality, and will adversely affect our health and the enjoyment of our homes and the National Scenic Area that we live in.

Coal dispersal, both dust and larger "fallout" from open cars and piles, will pollute our air, water, and soil, adversely affecting the people, animal, and plant life of these communities. The numerous transport trains each day will snarl local traffic and themselves increase air pollution.

Any EIS for this project must include *the need for and impact of infrastructure improvements necessary to facilitate the coal trains *human health impact of coal exports on Longview from coal dust and diesel pollution *environmental impact of coal dust on the Columbia River *the short and long term environmental and human health impacts of the fossil fuel consumption and CO2 production attributable to the coal in question.

As a resident of the Gorge, I am not only concerned for my health, air and water, and the impact of climate change. I am concerned that the best interests of area citizens may be steamrolled over in the state's enthusiasm for advancing business objectives.

We in the Gorge want our voices heard, and we want our health and future protected. We do not want coal export terminals, we do not want coal transport through the Gorge, and we do not want a fossil fuel-based economy to be further perpetuated.

Thank you.

Bonnie New, MD MPH Hood River, OR