Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000749 

Received: 9/14/2013 12:14:00 PM
Commenter: Larry Ebersole
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:Larry Ebersole <> Sent:Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:14 PM Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Sep 14, 2013
MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WA Dept of Ecology, EIS,
Although I support the development of "green jobs and careers," I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. These jobs are not worth the serious impacts on public health, and the cumulative negative impacts to the social problems of global climate change, that accompany the use of coal for fuel.
This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. I also believe that the concerns of health professionals ought to be taken more seriously. Many health professionals have expressed alarm about the proposed project due to the predicable public health impacts for vulnerable populations with respiratory problems.
I also would like all the proposed projects included into the cumulative health effects, not the segmenting of projects that currently is being done.
I also believe that it is foolish and unwise to ignore the long term impacts of the proposed projects on global warming. Coal is not a clean energy and ought not to be sent anywhere: coal needs to be left in the ground, not used to make a few jobs.
Jobs? I do think that jobs can be developed that are "green jobs." These can be sought by the respective unions, communities, and government agencies - which can help make the political climate for funding such needed positions.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you.
Larry Ebersole
Seattle, WA 98105-4450