Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000325 

Received: 9/14/2013 1:44:00 PM
Commenter: Bruce Puckett
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 Puckett <woneyedskull@yahoo.com> Sent:Saturday, September 14, 2013 1:44 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 14, 2013

MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS

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

I, Bruce W. Puckett, strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. I used to live in Middletown, Ohio , one of the primary fuels was coal. It affected the environment to the point that we could not eat snow, or make snow cream. The beautiful snow scales was tarnished by the black dust emitted by our chiminies and industry was worse, Armco Steel corporation made it difficult to breath at times and enveloped the entire town when there as an inversion. We had to watch carefully for wind direction and smoke from the stacks at Armco cause it even got into our laundry if we hung it on the clothes line. These are memories from the time of my life from 1957 through 1970. Now I am a Grand Pa, with Grand children, and family still living in Middletown, and I Do not want them exposed to the health risks and breathing problems I remember. I also respect other people, my wife Sandra, has severe respiratory problems, to the point she must be on oxygen 24/7. There is two much damage already from water traffic, shipping accidents, so much so that the flushing has been affected, the fish heath is suffering, and people are being warned by heath organizations, and doctors. MERCURY poisoning is becoming more prevalent. ENOUGH, let us clean up what we have ruined and destroyed already before destroying more of the life around us. The environment is precious, both the aquatic branch, and land and air. God Made Us Stewart's of the earth, and we are failing, in fact we are destroying the only planet we have, and murdering it's inhabitants, of all life life forms, our children and their children's children, all for the sake of chasing the almighty dollar.

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,

Bruce Puckett

Tacoma, WA 98405 (253) 988-9730