Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000200 

Received: 8/26/2013 10:33:00 PM
Commenter: Tracy Ouellette
Organization: 
State: Washington

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:Tracy Ouellette <tracyjouellette@gmail.com> Sent:Monday, August 26, 2013 10:33 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,

The Columbia River is a vital ecosystem and is already being used for hydropower, transport, and is at risk from leaking nuclear waste in Washington state. We need to protect it from further threats, and transporting coal on the river only increases risk of contamination and loss of habitat and recreational opportunities. 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.

Thank you

Tracy Ouellette 14078 MacTaggart Ave Bow, WA 98232 360-766-4490