Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000240
Received: 9/13/2013 4:41:00 PM
Commenter: Richard Gorringe
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:Richard Gorringe, Ph. D. <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Friday, September 13, 2013 4:41 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Sep 13, 2013
US Army Corps of Engineers, Cowlitz County, Washington Department of Ecology WA
Dear Washington Department of Ecology,
Please accept these scoping comments for the environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBTL) proposal for Longview, WA.
Coal pollution is already a problem in the Gorge from just a few coal trains per day, with large amounts of coal polluting Gorge lands and waterways. Adverse effects of coal spilling into waterways and into sensitive plant and wildlife areas in the Gorge from open-top coal cars must be analyzed in the EIS. The threat of fugitive coal affecting agriculture and forestry must also be examined in the EIS.
Existing rail traffic in the Gorge is near capacity. Approval of the MBTL project would result in the need to expand rail capacity in the Gorge with new tracks and sidings. Rail lines in the Gorge follow the Columbia River and cross many tributaries and wetlands. Impacts from the construction of new tracks would cause adverse effects to water quality, fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. These impacts must be analyzed and avoided.
Coal-burning power plants are the primary source greenhouse gases driving global climate change. The MBTL project would feed Asia's growing appetite for coal and accelerate climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions from the mining, transportation and burning of coal must be analyzed in the EIS. Coal combustion in Asia releases other air pollutants, such as mercury, that are deposited in the United States. The EIS must analyze the impacts of mercury and other toxic pollution from coal powered plants receiving coal via the proposed export facility.
The Army Corps of Engineers should refrain from making a decision on any permits until an area-wide EIS is completed to analyze the impacts of all three coal export proposals in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Richard Gorringe, Ph. D. 3574 NE Stanton St Portland, OR 97212-2747