Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001061
Received: 10/8/2013 5:19:00 PM
Commenter: Janice T. Castle
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
From:Jan Castle <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Tuesday, October 08, 2013 5:19 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Comment s on Scoping process
These are the areas I would like the EIS to investigate:
1.Effects of coal dust and particles on the Columbia River and land adjacent to tracks. Work done by Columbia Riverkeeper found large chunks of coal along the riverbank which had apparently fallen off of the coal trains which now travel the tracks. How much more of this would we expect with increased train traffic of open cars? What impact would that have on aquatic life? On human health where the trains go through communities? On tribes whose food sources come from the river? On the fishing and sporting industries (both sport fishing and water sports)?
2.Effects of coal dust on air quality in the terminal areas where coal is off loaded from trains onto holding piles and from conveyor belts onto ships. Also on the aquatic life in the area of the terminal.
3.Effects of the weight of coal trains on rail infrastructure throughout the route. It is bound to be significant. Who pays for reinforcement or replacement of rail beds? How does the wear effect the chances of derailments and cargo spills into the river or communities?
4.Potential for emergency response to a fire on a coal car or spill off of a car. Are all sections of rail accessible to emergency responders? How would coal be cleaned out of the river?
5.Potential for long, frequent trains to impede emergency response within communities.
6.Effect of burning the coal in Asia on climate change and on mercury exposure to NW residents.
Mitigation of #1: Require coal cars to be covered. This would not mitigate the other concerns.
I live in Oregon and am concerned about the health of the river as well as human health. It appears that the public will pay a very high price for this proposal, both financially and environmentally. I ask that you help us thoroughly understand those risks by providing the above information to the public and the agencies who will make the crucial permitting decisions.
Thank you for your attention to these comments.
Janice T. Castle
16181 Parelius Circle Lake Oswego, OR 97034