Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000253 

Received: 9/13/2013 6:12:00 PM
Commenter: Stephen Bachhuber
Organization: 
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:Stephen Bachhuber <srbachhuber1@gmail.com> Sent:Friday, September 13, 2013 6:12 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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.

As a physician with an interest in public health, I request that the EIS consider the toxic effects of coal dust throughout the Columbia River Gorge that will be released in astounding quantities by coal trains. Coal dust is known to be contaminated by heavy metals and carcinogenic compounds. This dust is known to settle along the tracks, drift into nearby communities, and pollute the river water. The effects on humans, as well as fish and wildlife, along the entire length of transport must be part of the EIS. Widespread coal dust contamination will inevitably be a part of a coal export terminal.

This coal export terminal is intended to ship coal to Asia for coal fired power generation. Because air-borne contaminants from China have been documented to be carried on prevailing air currents back to the North West United States, the toxic effects of the overseas combustion of exported coal must be factored into the entire picture of toxic contamination from this coal export terminal.

Climate change is also a public health issue. The carbon contamination of coal burning must also be included in the EIS.

Since other coal export terminals are also being proposed, the cumulative effect of all proposals must be considered. A piecemeal approach- viewing each terminal separately- ignores a basic rule of ecology and medicine, that everything is connected to everything else. A piecemeal approach will endanger public health by minimizing the toxic effects of coal on the Columbia River ecosystem and its inhabitants.

Please consider public health and the widespread toxic effects of coal in this EIS.

Sincerely,

Dr. Stephen Bachhuber 10561 SE Idleman Rd Happy Valley, OR 97086-6914 (503) 777-8608