Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001069 

Received: 10/12/2013 5:36:00 PM
Commenter: Kalama Reuter
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:Kalama Reuter <> Sent:Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:36 PM Subject:Comment
Kalama Reuter Resident White Salmon, Klickitat County, WA
Comments on Millenium Coal Export Facility Scoping hearings October 2013 I applaud Cowlitz Co. for including the expertise of the DOE in evaluating the wisdom of this project. This is a critical time for taking direct action on factors we can control to slow down global warming. The state of Washington realizes that climate change is coming and even has a mitigation plan. I am hopeful you all can see that not contributing to the problem is a heroic and logical proactive position. After watching the Oregon DEQ hearings, I am grateful to be in Washington where the full impact of the coal export issue can be addressed. I want to encourage a broad scope to include the threats of particulates throughout the rail routes and even to the blow back effect on glaciers on the Cascade range. What is the real data on this? I have heard it reaches us within five days. I also have concerns about the potential for acid rain on our forests under certain weather conditions. Increased diesel combustion fumes and direct impacts of coal dust and railcar effluent on human and environmental health should be considered. The amount of water needed to control the loading process at Millenium is important and how it will be reclaimed. I understand the tremendous pressure regarding the economic opportunities the Millenium project represents. Developing an infrastructure will provide 1350 temporary jobs (direct information from the Millenium Economic report) over a few years, running the plant itself only 135 positions for a limited time. I have heard estimates that our export capacity from Montana/ Wyoming is maybe 20 years. Jobs for one generation is not worth the resulting temperature rise from increased CO2 levels. Millenium’s direct fiscal impacts need to be put into perspective also, again from their own report showing the County annual property tax gain being $1.5 million annually and the state’s tax gain $2.2 million annually. I also question the coal vision of the Ambre group whether they will truly be in business at their projected rate for 30 years. There is a huge rush to take advantage of this foreign market which is in a dynamic flux around clean energy itself. Recent reports show that there is a decrease in interest in coal burning in China and they have scraped plans for new coal plants near three large cities. Our own coal industry is shutting down an export facility near Corpus Christi which would sell to Europe and parcels available for mineral rights in the Powder River Basin are getting no bids. We are at a tipping point on coal burning world wide. This is not a time for expansion, but careful science and evaluation of environmental impacts. Estimates of the long term financial benefits assume continued high demand for coal which is already falling off. The guiding principles of Washington’s climate change response include “recognizing the impacts of decisions made by other regions and countries”. I applaud the DOE breadth of vision and hope that appropriate studies will be pursued before we open the way to significant increases in greenhouse gases and attendant pollutants. Being part of the solution here means slowing down the export and burning of coal. I applaud your caution and awareness of your stewardship role for future generations.