Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000314
Received: 9/2/2013 9:17:00 PM
Commenter: James Hoffmann
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
From:James Hoffmann <HopvilleFarms@gmail.com> Sent:Monday, September 02, 2013 9:17 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Protect the Columbia River, Agriculture, and our Environment from coal export!
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, which would transport coal on trains, barges and ships through the Northwest and send coal to Asia.
One of the biggest environmental issues confronting the Pacific Northwest is the increase in ocean acidification - caused by the burning of coal - it is slowing destroying the Puget Sound and other coastal areas. Governor Christine Gregoire created a panel on Ocean Acidification and the conclusions of this panel should be considered in any review of coal export facilities. NOAA has also done considerable research on ocean acidification, and the results of recent studies should be part of the evidence considered in evaluating any new coal projects.
Coal export would harm my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming my agricultural enterprise. Coal particulates may very well end up on my fields and others which in turn will show up in fruit testing by domestic and asian fruit buyers - I urge you to consult with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Blueberry Commission, and the FDA to determine if coal dust residuals are an acceptable risk to consumers and farm workers.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
In addition, the coal train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, tax-payer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the SR 432 Project. The SR 432 Project must be analyzed in the Millennium EIS.
James Hoffmann 78384 Collins Rd Clatskanie, OR 97016 206-399-7079