Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000173 

Received: 8/18/2013 5:08:00 PM
Commenter: Meryle A. Korn
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:Meryle A. Korn <meryle.korn@gmail.com> Sent:Sunday, August 18, 2013 5:08 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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,

Just as I stand firmly against construction of a coal transfer point in Morrow, OR and just as firmly against transporting coal by train or barge through the Columbia River Gorge, I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

Any form of exporting the low quality, highly polluting coal from Montana/Wyoming or any other source would negatively affect my community and the environment in the Pacific Northwest. It would increase congestion and noise with more coal train traffic. It would pollute our air and local waterways. It would delay or damage the ability 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.

And if the coal is successfully shipped to the orient, the pollution of its combustion would ride the jet stream and fall back on America, increasing damage to health and killing our forests with acid rain.

There is nothing positive in this scenario except the lining of industry pockets at the expense of everything else. I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you

Meryle A. Korn 5256 NE 47th Avenue Portland, OR 97218 503 281 7475