Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000202 

Received: 8/26/2013 12:16:00 PM
Commenter: Wendy Ring
Organization: 
State: California

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:Wendy Ring MD, MPH <wring123@gmail.com> Sent:Monday, August 26, 2013 12:16 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,

I am a physician with expertise on the health effects of climate change and I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview. There is no question that burning coal anywhere on the planet will increase the rate and magnitude of climate change with disastrous consequences for human health. Here in the United States we are already seeing increased emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from the health impacts of increased summer heat, wildfires, heavy rains, and severe storms. In Washington, millions of dollars are spent by public health dealing with mycotoxins in shellfish and lakes from harmful algae blooms promoted by increased water temperature, mosquito borne infections, increases in asthma from exposure to mold and pollen, and other health consequences of climate change. Mercury which steals intelligence from unborn babies and particulates which cause heart lung disease return to the Pacific Northwest from coal burned in Asia. The short term economic benefit to a few does not justify the longterm, (and in large part irreversible) damage to public health.

The Washington Dept of Ecology has already determined that these effects must be considered as part of the environmental impact for the EIS of the coal terminal in northern Washington and this should apply equally to the terminal in Longview.

Thank you

Wendy Ring MD, MPH 2322 Golf Course Rd Bayside, CA 95524 707 845-2466