Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001058 

Received: 10/10/2013 1:48:00 PM
Commenter: Tracy Montaron
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:Gilles Montaron <> Sent:Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:48 PM Subject:Public Comment on Millennium Bulk Terminal
I just filled out a comment on the website When I tried to submit it it did not work. Please fix this, so people can submit their comments! I have copied and pasted mine below:
I am writing as a resident of Washington who is very concerned about protecting our environment. BNSF has stated that tons of coal dust is blown off its uncovered cars when it ships coal from Wyoming through Washington, landing in our water, our farmer's fields, our forests. During high winds, coal dust is also blown off the coal piles into the water, and up to five miles away. (Google images of the coal piles at Point Roberts if you want evidence of this.) Coal dust in the water negatively effects eel grass, herring, salmon and orcas. The coal trains emit nitrogen and sulfur oxide, which create acid rain and contribute to the acidification of our oceans. Coal ships emit large quantities of pollutants from burning bunker fuel, one of the dirtiest fuels anywhere, and increased traffic of huge ships leads to increased possibilities of oil spills and disruption of the resident orca population. I am asking you to measure the adverse impact of these things on our environment. Giving up the health of our environment is not worth the 145 permanent jobs they are promising for the Millennium terminal.
Tracy Montaron 1018 S. 38th Place Mount Vernon, WA 98274 360-848-5853