Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000771 

Received: 9/14/2013 12:14:00 PM
Commenter: Patricia Ranstrom
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:Patricia Ranstrom <> 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,
I completely oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
This proposal would negatively affect many Washington communities by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, by polluting our air and local waterways, by harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders.
The devastating irreversible damage to aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, the harm to human health, the increased tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, all spell fiscal disaster for our state.
Washington state is not going to gain any meaningful fiscal advantage from exporting coal, instead it will create an extrapolated strain on our already strained budget.
When combined with the expanding of strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, contributing to escalate climate change; it would be insane folly to approve this proposal.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you.
Patricia Ranstrom
Vashon, WA 98070-2181 (206) 463-4046