Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000463
Received: 9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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We all depend on an efficient transportation system. The Longview terminal proposal would require rail trains that would adversely affect all other forms of transportation throughout this region. This adverse impact will affect all other industries.
My other concern is water quality and impacts to migrating salmon. It is difficult to predict the specific impact to fish runs on the Columbia R. system Salmon are very sensitive to water born pollution. We have been working very hard in our region to protect healthy salmon habitat. Impacts to our environment from coal trains and barges could cause damage to the salmon restoration efforts for several decades or longer.
I am also concerned about the impact that burning coal for electricity in Asia has on our air quality. Air born pollutants have been identified in this region directly from industries in Asia. We have a cancer rate that is surprisingly higher in Portland than most other metropolitan areas in this country. I believe that the Boardman Coal plant has contributed air pollutants into the Portland air shed that contribute to our cancer incidence rate. I understand that Washington state is phasing out coal power plants because of air quality issues. What sense does it make to increase our health risk by exporting the source of air pollution that will undoubtedly occur here from Asian industries?