Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000162 

Received: 9/7/2013 11:27:00 PM
Commenter: Libby Hazen
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:Libby <libmh@yahoo.com> Sent:Saturday, September 07, 2013 11:27 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:EIS comment

Because I am a breast cancer survivor and have two daughters and two granddaughters living in Washington state, I am extremely concerned about the health impacts of the transport -- by both rail (trains over a mile long powered by 4 or 5 diesel locomotives spewing particulates) and vessel (huge ships powered by dirty bunker fuel) -- and the uncovered storage of tons of coal at the terminal. Washington already has the highest rate of breast cancer of all the United States. What will be the consequences for our air and water quality and for human health if this project goes forward? Both the immediate and long-term impacts are important to consider. Once the region is contaminated with mercury, cadmium, uranium, and other elements in coal dust, it will be impossible to mitigate. I ask that a thorough Health Impact Assessment be done to determine how many excess deaths and hospitalizations would be expected due to this industry. Also please measure lost life expectancy. Do not limit those measures to Washington's populations living and working in rail communities, but consider those living in proximity to rail lines all the way from the mines to the proposed terminal. Then, quantify those medical consequences: who, exactly, will pay for the hospitalizations? It is extremely important to find the answers to these questions. It breaks my heart to think of future generations suffering needlessly because we didn't research extensively and exercise caution. Thank you for your consideration. L Hazen libmh@yahoo.com