Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000661
Received: 10/10/2013 3:39:41 PM
Commenter: Lynne Oulman
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
My name is Lynne Oulman and I live in the Pacific Northwest. I decided to retire here in the NW because of its clean air, beautiful coastal environments, peaceful surroundings and its commitment to sustainable, respectful living. I am writing to ask you to study the impact of both coal dust and diesel particulate from not only trains and terminal sites, but from ships, locomotives and any other service vehicles needed to operate coal handling. Simply, these residues, diesel particulate and coal dust, will determine whether or not I can remain in my retirement home as I have compromised lungs.
It is already known from studies of the Spokane rail yard that cancer rates increase in the proximity of diesel particulate. This has been proven the case in other similar studies. We also know that coal dust causes black lung and other respiratory disorders. We know that increases of both coal dust and diesel particulate will increase the rates of asthma in children and will adversely impact the elderly, such as myself.
In addition, I ask that you study these residues in all seasons and in various weather conditions, during the day and at night. We, the residents and taxpayers, already know there is fluctuation, but we need honest research to tell us the actual impact. We need to know if daily walks will be unhealthy (long term impact), will I experience more illness (cumulative over time); will our wildlife and water suffer from pollution? This cannot be a band-aid job like filter cigarettes were for tobacco. We need you to be scrupulously careful because people’s lives depend on your integrity.
While I need to find out about these particular impacts in order to make personal life choices, I must add that similar impacts will be experienced by all living near the rail road from Powder River to Cherry Point. This dust and particulate must not be swept under the “proverbial rug,” because its consequences are deadly. I must trust you to study coal dust and diesel particulate air pollution with exacting science, remembering that your diligence will impact the health of our community – human and otherwise - as well as all the communities along the tracks.
Thank you for your attention.