Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000196 

Received: 8/18/2013 1:31:00 PM
Commenter: Steven Amick
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:Steven Amick Amick <> Sent:Sunday, August 18, 2013 1:31 PM Subject:Protect the Columbia River from dirty coal export!

There's been a lot of talk about a coal teminal providing jobs and boosting the economy. Mining, transporting and burning coal is a spectacularly stupid scheme. I'm writing today primarily to testify about the health dangers of coal, particularly coal dust. Coal dust contains poisonous chemicals, including -- among others - arsenic, mercury and other heavy metals. Deadly medical conditions caused or exacerbated by coal mining, processing, transporting and burning include: black lung, colon and bladder cancers, leukemia, high blood pressure, kidney disease, low-birth-weight in babies (which is predictive of a high risk of a lifetime of chronic health problems,) chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma, emphysema and other respiratory diseases. The dangers of coal are both cumulative and immediate: In England's Great Smog of 1952, thousands of Londoners died during two days of "a pea souper" or "killer fog" - a thick yellowish, greenish or blackish smog composed of fog and the toxic smoke given off by burning coal for home heating and in industrial processes. Such air pollution is not limited to history, either. A friend of mine who recently spent two years teaching English in a Chinese university and industrial city told me it was common not to be able to see anything downtown - even enormous high rise buildings - that was more than two blocks away.

I have four young grandchildren. As a boy, I was always taught by my family, church, schools and scouting organizations to leave the world a better place - not worse - for those coming after me. I still believe that's important for us all.

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, which would transport dirty coal on trains and ships through the Northwest and send coal to Asia.

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.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

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.

Steven Amick Amick 23360 South Viola Welch Road, Beavercreek OR Beavercreek, OR 97004 503.632.3656