Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000287
Received: 9/24/2013 6:32:00 PM
Commenter: Marian Hennings
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
The EIS should consider effects on all environments which would be affected by the mining, transport, and burning of coal. My particular concern involves the Spokane area because all of the trains would pass through Spokane County and the area immediately to the north known as "the funnel." This heavily used railroad line passes along waterways which would suffer damage from coal that sheds off uncovered coal cars despite their loads having been sprayed with surfactant. Train derailments are another hazard which occur all too frequently. This year they happened in Mesa, WA, Baltimore, MD, and near Superior, MT. An earlier derailment about 20 years ago happened in Spokane and a rail car crashed onto I-90. This could easily occur again. Coal will pollute our waterways; it has already been found along rail lines near the Columbia River and in Spokane County. The increased noise and traffic congestion from trains will adversely affect human health in Spokane City, harming other businesses and slowing emergency responders who are trying to handle fires and medical emergencies.