Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000324 

Received: 9/14/2013 11:14:00 AM
Commenter: Bruce Lockert
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:Bruce Lockert <bclockert@aimcomm.net> Sent:Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:14 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Sep 14, 2013

MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS

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

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.

Mostly American corporations operating in China and other locations, want the lower cost coal to manufacture products made there to sell in America and elsewhere at optimum costs for those manufactured products. There is no Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in those countries, and they add to the "environmental CO and CO2 issues" that are being negotiated by international government. Financially they leverage money and employment created to cause the country that they are in where they are polluting, to refuse to sign onto any carbon based international agreement. The movement to abuse low labor costs, for maximum corporate profit, is mostly the blameworthy group behind causing these problems. There needs to be international government agreements to stop corporate games played. That ALL GOVERNMENTS begin to regulate and tax businesses across the board to end their tax havens, their making tax codes unreadable. Maybe it is time for the FLAT TAX where individuals and businesses all pay the same rate for taxes to support the government where ever they are. This will level the field and give greater competition and greater opportunity as well. It will give new life to innovation and creativity as well. It would stop the created and manipulative obstacles for individuals to go into business, and instead give incentive to doing such for one's own employment.

Sincerely,

Bruce Lockert

Spokane, WA 99205-5528