Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000797 

Received: 8/28/2013 11:22:00 AM
Commenter: Susan Helander
Organization: 
State: Idaho

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:Susan Helander <sue@sandpointwest.com> Sent:Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:22 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you Sue Helander, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 PS I am very disappointed that our local community of Sandpoint, Id. isn't being considered in an environment impact study. The Corps has been a wonderful partner in helping us preserve our lake, we are just beginning to see our fish return, and our community which is dependent on tourism has begun to make headway. We would see an increase of 100 trains a day! The risks are too great. Why are you turning your backs on us? Please stand up with us. Power past coal, we need to let it rest, but not in the bottom of our lake or be release in our air to jeopardize the air we breath. Sue Helander
Susan Helander 2105 Winchester Way Sandpoint, ID 83864 208 304-3250