Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000299 

Received: 9/23/2013 7:14:00 PM
Commenter: Clinton Nagel
Organization: 
State: Montana

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:Clinton Nagel <clint_nagel@yahoo.com> Sent:Monday, September 23, 2013 7:14 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Protect Washington From Dirty Coal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County Commission:

Living in Montana, we are near the source of the effort to mine and ship coal overseas to China and beyond. I have been against this effort for over a year now and have been so for many reasons. Let me state clearly that I am strongly opposed for the construction of a coal-export terminal in Longview, Wash. I am against the transport of that coal through the Northwest to be exported, sold and burned in Asia. And I am opposed to the mining and to the construction of another railroad (Tongue River Railroad) just to get the coal to a railroad terminal for shipping across country to the Northwest. And the reason for my opposition is many fold like I said, but it still comes down to one basic concern. Coal and the exports of that coal threaten endangered species and human communities locally and globally.

This terminal would have drastic impacts on the health of our natural ecosystems and our communities. The Millennium Environmental Impact Study must evaluate the effects of dust from uncovered coal trains, pollution into the Columbia River, terminal construction and operation, diesel emissions from increased barging and railway traffic, transfer of the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels, potential for spills and threats to endangered species.

The transport and use of coal adds numerous toxins to our atmosphere -- including mercury that bioaccumulates in our seafood, carbon dioxide emissions that escalate global climate change and increase ocean acidification, heavy metals that leach into our waterways, and carcinogens that sicken both animals and people.

The study must also consider what approval of this terminal and coal exports will mean at every step in the process -- from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to the power grids in Asia. The transport of this coal will affect the quality of life for everyone living along the route during this transport. Not to mention that coal and the burning of coal adds to the carbon pollution which leads to global warming. To deny this will be the detriment of us all.

In addition, the coal-train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, taxpayer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the S.R. 432 Project. Because of this, the S.R. 432 Project must also be analyzed in the Millennium Environmental Impact Study. This is one of the concerns here in Bozeman and Gallatin County and the state of Montana. It will be the taxpayer that will pick up the cost of infrastructure improvements and maintenance. Very little of this resource will find its way into the coffers of the state, county or local governments for safety or infrastructure improvements.

Thank you for your consideration of my comments.

Clinton Nagel 266 Hanley Ave Unit A Bozeman, MT 59718 US