Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000247
Received: 9/13/2013 6:42:00 PM
Commenter: Lewis Moller
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:Lewis Moller <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Friday, September 13, 2013 6:42 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.
In addition to the CO2 issues brought up by the previous submitters the Washington Department of Ecology has a responsibility to the State and the Nation to do more than evaluate the pollution metric but to ensure any permit issued does not shift the liabilities for any clean up, either from operational activities or disasters like one seen recently in La Manitac Canada. Therefore, as part of your evaluation you must GURANANTEE the public will not be asked to pay for any clean up by requiring a $100 Million bond to meet any and all clean up costs so that in the event that the operator ceases operations or declares bankruptcy the taxpayers are not left footing the bill.
In regards to the environmental impact of this facility and the trains that will supply it, it is imperative that the train noise and the impact that has upon endangered fish runs be included as anyone who has stood below a train bridge or next to a track can attest they are very loud and generate an extreme level of air noise and ground vibrations. Permitting this facility WITHOUT knowing the impact on endangered fish runs, which we are spending hundreds of millions annually to rebuild, is short sighted and potentially catastrophic to those runs and the ecologic and economic health of the region well beyond the number of jobs directly associated with this facility.
The bottom line is that the promise of jobs should not blind WDOE and allow these easily identifiable risks to go unevaluated or uncompensated for.
Sincerely, Lewis Moller 22631 West Bluff Dr. West Linn, OR 97068
Mr. Lewis Moller 22631 W Bluff Dr West Linn, OR 97068-8242 (503) 319-8896