Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000779
Received: 8/21/2013 2:49:00 PM
Commenter: Robert Bachman
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:Robert Bachman <BOBGBACH@GMAIL.COM> Sent:Wednesday, August 21, 2013 2:49 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
Having worked personally for 15 years on air quality within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area the thought that virtually continuous trains with coal headed to up to five individual terminal proposals is simply mind boggling. A cumulative impact analysis must be done. For the Gorge just doing an analysis for one terminal will be meaningless.
Having said that the overwhelming issue is climate change and sea level rise. This coal needs to stay in the ground. I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Robert Bachman 102 Panorama Pl Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360 370 5908