Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000817
Received: 10/12/2013 10:56:37 AM
Commenter: David Berger
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
Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
I believe that the scope of review for this project should be very broad with respect to the following:
1. Emergency services for rail fires and clean-up of coal spills in the river.
2. Structural integrity and likelihood of railway bridge failures. Some bridges are over 100 years old.
3. Impacts of heavy metals & coal toxins from trains in the river. Data needs to be gathered for:
a. Accumulated coal & coal toxins along the tracks, adjacent to the river & in the river. Fish are already severely impacted by toxins in the river & additional toxins will create additional synergistic impacts on the fish. This will cause additional impacts on people who fish for a living, and the health of people who eat the fish. I recently observed a substantial quantity of coal dust along the tracks at Columbia Hills State Park by Horsethief Lake. It is clear that there is a lot of coal dust that has slipped under the larger sized rock supporting the track. Hence,many core samples will need to be taken all along the extent of the rail.
b. Accumulated coal & coal toxins resulting from burning coal in Asia.
Coal emissions should be fingerprinted in Asia and tracked to the water basins & water ways of the Pacific Northwest. Why are we promoting renewable energy and closing down coal plants here, and not at least trying to understand the impacts on ourselves of our coal burned in other places?
4. Increased carbon dioxide emissions and their effect on climate change from burning this coal. This project does not replace other coal, it simply takes more coal out of the ground and consumes it. Asia will still burn its own coal..
5. Economic impacts from damage to human health and the environment. Including increased respiratory ailments, affects of fish toxins on humans, costs of reduced fish consumption on fishing people, cultural damage to Tribes, reduced business and housing development along the tracks.