Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000309 

Received: 9/15/2013 2:47:00 PM
Commenter: Gail Nuckels
Organization: 
State: Washington

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:Gail Nuckels <thenuckels@aol.com> Sent:Sunday, September 15, 2013 2:47 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 15, 2013

MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WA Dept of Ecology, EIS,

Not only are the proposed coal export terminals a horrible assault on the environment of the Northwest, but recent indications are that they would be a really bad economic move. Just in the last week China has indicated that they are moving away from coal power plants - closing some and cancelling others. While they will continue to use coal for some time, it's days are numbered! They will be making a strong push to solar and wind. This is great news for the world's climate and for the environment. It may not be such good news for those who plan on profiting from dumping dirty coal, exported from the NW, in Asia.

The more affluent Chinnese are leaving China because the pollution is so bad they can't breathe! Many, in fact, are buying up lots of real estate in high priced zipcodes here in the U.S. where we still have some breathable air! Building these ports would be a huge financial boondoggle, provide few permanent jobs and depress our standard of living and attraction as a good place to live. I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Gail Nuckels

Fox Island, WA 98333-9602 (206) 549-4019