Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000292
Received: 9/26/2013 3:16:16 PM
Commenter: Michael LaScuola
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
Why I’m against coal exports…Fish contamination from mercury increasing in Washington State
When you burn coal you release tons of mercury into the atmosphere and you contaminate all species of the fish we eat. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) review by the State of Washington and the Corps of Engineers requires vision beyond geo-political boundaries. We must consider the public health ramifications of spoiling the best available protein and fat we have in our diet. We must consider protecting the best available natural source of protein to our low income and subsistence fishing communities. We must consider the economic impact to our commercial and sport fisheries. What sense does it make to export coal only to import airborne mercury contamination affecting the fish we eat?
We must have vision and foresight accounted for and incorporated in the EIS for the very likely potential of contaminated fish in our state.
Washington State at this time has a statewide mercury in fish advisory for specific species of fish with all species tested displaying some level of mercury contamination. Testing shows this level is increasing and is likely due to air emission from coal fired plants in Asia. If we must export to Asia why not export pollution control technology where pollution emissions are excessively well known to be rampant and very unhealthy.
Please consider this position in the EIS. There will very likely come a time when the state of Washington as well as the rest of the United States will file suit against those foreign nations who are responsible for the toxic impact to our fish and environment from the effect of their airborne mercury pollution emissions. How will we earnestly respond when they counter our claim as being complicit in our own environmental degradation for myopic economic gain?
When you tally the full impact and cost to our health, environment and fish as our treasured natural resource exporting coal is a lose-lose shortsighted and disastrous venture.
Have vision, use commons sense, take a stand now for the future, coal export to Asia will increase mercury levels in Washington State fish.
Michael F. LaScuola