Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000719 

Received: 10/7/2013 1:16:00 PM
Commenter: Carol Rose

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:Carol Rose <> Sent:Monday, October 07, 2013 1:16 PM Subject:Against coal exports in our state
I am already seeing numerous coal trains along Highway 14. I can't even imagine how many there will be if this coal-export operation is approved. While I am very concerned about coal dust and long trains blocking access to some neighborhoods, my main concern is our environment. According to The Columbian newspaper article a recent study found that mercury in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish has a chemical fingerprint which implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia. So not only will our area be impacted by the potential negativity of long coal trains, this coal shipped to China and other Asian countries will come right back to us as air pollution and fish tainted with mercury.
With the demand for coal waning, surely this cannot be a good long term investment. I feel the cons outweigh the pros by a long shot. Looking at photos of China's air pollution is scary. How much of that do we want to share? Please don't let our state become an accomplice of Asian coal burning plants to pollute and impact our air quality and fish food sources.
Carol Rose