Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000735 

Received: 9/19/2013 6:29:00 PM
Commenter: Jeremy Mattox
Organization: 
State: Washington

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:Jeremy Mattox <jermattox@msn.com> Sent:Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:29 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

I spent 40 years in the maritime industry. I worked in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle for a steamship company. I spent eight years working for a stevedoring company in Seattle. And I worked for 20 years as a maritime consultant and expert witness. I also served as chairman of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Maritime Committee.
Although now mostly retired, I remain active in several maritime associations and organizations. I also am active in state’s environmental industry, having been publisher of the Environmental Services Directory for Washington State for the past 22 years.
Shipping American coal to Asia will create regional jobs in mining, railroad construction, transportation, terminal construction, and terminal operations.
However, there are negatives related to this proposal. These include increased air pollution caused by coal dust coming from moving trains and export terminals. There also is the increased risk of fuel oil spills that will accompany increased rail and ship traffic.
However, the most significant negative is climate change. Most members of the scientific community agree that climate change is occurring at a rapid rate and already is having far reaching impacts, mostly adverse, on much of the world. And most scientists agree that climate change is man-made, with the burning of fossil fuels being the major cause.
That being the case, the limited number of regional jobs and economic development that shipping this coal will generate simply are not worth the adverse effect that transporting and burning this coal, even far away in Asia, will have. This coal export operation should not be allowed. We need to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Jeremy Mattox 6321 Seaview Ave NW #24 Seattle, WA 98107 206-282-2591