Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000802 

Received: 9/21/2013 3:20:00 PM
Commenter: Timothy Randolph
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:Timothy Randolph <> Sent:Wednesday, August 21, 2013 3:20 PM 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'm writing to express strong opposition to the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA. This project contradicts a truly complete rational analysis of its merits and should not be allowed. Most importantly, it would accelerate global climate change, negatively impact Washington's environment, and damage transportation infrastructure of the entire region. There are few long-term benefits, except profits to one large corporation that has no interest in these issues. Any jobs benefit is vastly outweighed by the negative impact on other local businesses---tanker and rail traffic, pollution, water quality/fisheries, local emergency responders.
The transport of strip-mined coal from Montana and Wyoming on trains and ships throughout the Northwest for shipment to China (further exacerbating pollution and climate change) is just a very bad idea. I urge you to consider all of these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Our state's leaders and citizens have made a strong commitment to responsible use of resources and clean, low-carbon energy production. I urge the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an region-wide (even global) Environmental Impact Statement to FULLY assess the cumulative impact of each these proposal for shipping coal through our state.
Thank you.
Timothy Randolph 6515 Earl Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117 206-667-1079