Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000770 

Received: 9/27/2013 11:36:00 AM
Commenter: Pamela Wright
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:Pamela Wright <cbd@zygops.com> Sent:Friday, September 27, 2013 11:36 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Noise
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 in Longview, Wash. that would transport coal on trains and barges through the Northwest to be exported, sold and burned in Asia.
Train horns can be heard from a considerable distance in Longview, and most local residents do not have air conditioning but rather rely on open windows to cool their homes and apartments in the summer months. I am concerned that increased rail traffic, and particularly train horns, will disturb both sleep and daily activities. I do not know if schools near the train tracks have air conditioning, but this should be considered as well. I KNOW that portions of the hospital did not have adequate ventilation when I stayed there 3 years ago after the birth of my daughter (we were in the pediatric ward), and I had to open my window to keep the room cool enough. Would train noise adversely impact recovery and rest of hospital patients?
I am also concerned that increased traffic on local roadways associated with construction may contribute to exceeding noise thresholds at schools and residences along major travel ways. I live on a street that is along the park where many residents exercise and play. Already the traffic noise on the street make it difficult to have a conversation in my front yard or while walking the path along Lake Sacajawea. Will construction or operational traffic noise further adversely impact noise levels? What about air emissions along exercise pathways like Lake Sacajawea or the new trail in the Highlands along the dike? Consider noise impacts along the Highlands Trail as well.
In addition, the coal-train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, taxpayer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the S.R. 432 Project. Because of this, the S.R. 432 Project must also be analyzed in the Millennium Environmental Impact Study.
Thank you for your consideration of my comments.
Pamela Wright 2833 Nichols Blvd Longview, WA 98632 US