Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000659
Received: 10/10/2013 12:05:06 PM
Commenter: Don McGregor
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
The logic behind this project escapes me. Is it to reduce the trade deficit, is it to keep the coal companies in business or something else? It seems like there will be a large energy deficit by the time the coal reaches the power plants in China. Shipping the coal half way across the US and then across the Pacific and then by train to the individual plants in China certainly uses up more energy than what will be provided by the coal at power plant.
The environmental damage has to be considered from the coal dust produced in mining and transport to the pollutants introduced into the atmosphere by the power plants which will be carried east by the upper level winds. Not long ago Beijing was enveloped in toxic air for many days which certainly shows that China has a long way to go in cleaning up its power plants. All this in addition to the world as a whole will have to reduce its use of this CO2 producing fuel if anything is to be done to slow the increase in global temperature.
Lastly it seems like the size and number of the coal trains will create problems with traffic congestion, noise and a increase in the likelihood of train accidents. Thank you.