Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000745 

Received: 9/24/2013 9:28:00 PM
Commenter: Julie Schaffer
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:Julie Schaffer <juliejschaffer@gmail.com> Sent:Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:28 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
I am deeply concerned about the negative impacts that carrying coal through our city (Spokane) and across our state (WA) will cause to the natural environment and to human health. I strongly oppose this project and ask that the significant impacts to Spokane and the other communities along the proposed rail lines be studied and considered in the permitting process. I believe that after examining the devastating impacts this will project have on our families and environment, there will be no choice but to deny this project.
The coal trains will spew diesel particulates and coal dust that is scientifically proven to contribute to and cause fatal diseases. I live near the train tracks, which also parallel popular running and biking trails on a beautiful natural bluff above Latah Creek and the Spokane River. My family, friends and I use these trails daily for exercise – Should this project be approved, we will no longer be able to use these trails without breathing in chemicals from coal trains that doctors and scientists say will kill us. And the dust and particulates will not be limited to these trails –the pollution will blanket our city’s parks, waterways, streets, homes and business – we will all be harmed.
Spokane relies on one aquifer for its drinking water – this aquifer sits above one of the refueling stations. The risk of leaks, explosions and derailments from additional rail traffic above our sole source of drinking water is so high that it must be considered a significant negative impact. If the aquifer is polluted by this project, the community will be devastated.
In addition to the direct pollution from the coal trains, we will be unable to protect ourselves from the air pollution that will inundate our community as it drifts from China after the coal is burned.
This project will make our community sick, and once the trains are running, there will be nothing we can do protect ourselves or our children. We cannot stop breathing our air or drinking our water.
Finally, the pollution created by this project will also contribute significantly to global warming. This reality must be studied and must be considered within the scope of this proposal.
As a resident of Spokane who values clean air and clean water, I urge you to find that the negative impacts to Spokane are significant and must be studied. Once studied, I am confident that there will be no choice but to deny this project.

Sincerely,
Julie Schaffer
Attorney, resident
Spokane WA
Julie Schaffer 1307 W. 18th Avenue Spokane, WA 99201