Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000755
Received: 9/7/2013 1:24:00 AM
Commenter: Linda Morton
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
From:Linda Morton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Saturday, September 07, 2013 1:24 AM To:email@example.com 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.
My son, a father of two small children, works for a railroad in the Pacific Northwest. He works all hours of the day and night moving and switching train cars. What is being shipped can be dangerous to the railroad workers, and pose a risk to their lives. Coal dust can build up on train tracks, causing horrific train derailments. It is regressive and dangerous to allow coal excavators to use the beautiful Pacific Northwest to ship overseas. Where the U.S. could be a leader in progressive clean energy shipments abroad, we are perpetuating the burning of toxic wastes worldwide.
There are risks and dangers to our communities. Shipping coal through our local home ports will increase deaths with coal dust, and harm our small communities. A few will benefit economically, but the majority will be harmed with increased coal particulates and continued reliance on a known toxic substance. There will be "hidden" medical costs and our beautiful rivers will become polluted.
According to the July 2, 2012 Portland Oregonian article "Coal trains come with a toll", "Railroad testing found an average of 225 pounds of coal lost per car during a 567-mile trip, kicked up in episodic bursts. For a 135-car train, that's about 15 tons."
PLEASE DO NOT SACRIFICE LONGVIEW TO DIRTY COAL SO A FEW MAY PROFIT. Do it for my child, a husband and father who has a home in Kelso, and his children. Do it for all the children. Do not destroy the Longview/Kelso community to benefit a few.
Linda Morton 9939 SW Stonecreek Drive Beaverton, OR 97007 503 649-4755