Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000662
Received: 10/10/2013 6:38:00 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. I live near the train tracks here in the NW. I care about my children, their children, my neighbors, region, and planet. There are literally hundreds of foreseeable, significant adverse impacts that need your study. Today, I ask you to study just one: effluent run-off.
I am very concerned about the effluent run-off from coal train cars . In this part of the world, all run off ends up in the Columbia River, the Salish Sea, or some other – often contributing - water body. Along the interior tracks, run off goes into the ground water of those areas. Heavy metals will flood or even seep into those waters and lands routinely and constantly….. mercury, lead, cadmium, selenium, arsenic, just to name a few!?
Very recently we have had deluges from storms passing through (how about climate change?!)and I thought about the amount of water cascading through the coal cars traversing my city and neighborhood. GPT has talked about using surfactants to mitigate the dust. Although surfactant does not truly do the job against dust, just what is this surfactant, and do we want it added to the coal car run-off along the tracks? I suggest the chemical stew added to our ground water and pouring into our waterways will be harmful to all animals (humans included as well as all aquatic life).
I ask that you study all the chemicals found in coal and determine just what exactly these substances will do to our water (therefore our health and health of all living organisms)? What will they do to our ground water, our drinking water, and ultimately, the Puget Sound, the Columbia River and then finally, the Pacific Ocean? People used to say that cigarettes did no harm. Then the fraud, and corporate manipulation of the public came to forefront. We are smarter now, and can hope not to be deceived. The science is out there and most of the nasty chemicals found in coal are “old hat.” What we need is honest evaluation, with no bias given to money and power. We, the public look to you to safeguard our health and well-being and the well-being of our environment. Thank you for studying this foreseeable, significant, adverse Impact.