Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000258 

Received: 9/14/2013 7:43:00 AM
Commenter: Hank Popiela
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:Hank Popiela <hankipopi@yahoo.com> Sent:Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:43 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Sep 14, 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. The Columbia river Gorge is famous for its strong winds sometimes as much as 40 mph west winds. A westward bound train travelling at 50 mph against a west wind of 40 mph will result in a combined wind speed of 90 mph. At that hurricane-force wind speed, huge amounts of coal will blow from the uncovered cars severely polluting the river and its surrounding environment. The threat of fugitive coal affecting agriculture and forestry must also be examined in the EIS.

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Hank Popiela 3738 NE 6th Ave Portland, OR 97212-1121