Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000171
Received: 9/7/2013 12:06:00 PM
Commenter: Mark Franzel
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
From:Mary Franzel <Limerick18@gmail.com> Sent:Saturday, September 07, 2013 12:06 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
Below is the letter that I'm sure you've received numerous copies of. I agree, however I would like to add my own personal thoughts on this issue.
I moved to Idaho from Minnesota over 8 years ago. I chose to live in Clark Fork (actually 3 miles north) because of the proximity to the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area. I love the outdoors. I grew up on a lake in Minnesota & have spent summers on Lake Superior about 25 miles from Canada. I find Lake Pend Oreille similar to Superior in many ways.
Living in Clark Fork, I drive to Sandpoint several times a week. It is rare, with the current train traffic, that I do not see a train. With the large increase in train volume I'm assuming I would never drive without seeing several trains.
I am a Registered Nurse & was married to an ER doctor. I am will aware of the need for emergency vehicles. With the increase in train traffic it WILL increase response time. No way around that. As a former Level I Trauma Hospital ICU nurse I know all too well the results of slow transfer times.
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
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.
Mary Franzel 214 E. Mountain View Rd. Clark Fork, ID 83811 208-266-0494