Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000787 

Received: 9/15/2013 12:45:00 AM
Commenter: Rory Link
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:Rory Link <rorylink@comcast.net> Sent:Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:45 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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 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. These trains would pass through small towns, major population centers. They would disrupt traffic patterns, be less safe than other trains, nearly impossible to stop for emergencies. They also be an easy target for a terrorist attack or just plain angry acts by local citizens. They would go through many sacred and beautiful wild areas where they would add to the stress on these areas and the animals that live in them.
There is already pollution falling on Western Washington from China. We really do not need more coal being burned in China.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Rory Link
Seattle, WA 98103-7659