Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001078
Received: 10/11/2013 8:06:00 PM
Commenter: Paul James
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Paul james 409 Donovan Ave Bellingham, WA 98225-7310
October 11, 2013
The Honorable Millennium Bulk Terminal EIS
Dear null EIS:
The proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Cowlitz County, is not in the long term interest of the people of Washington state. Please include the local regional and global impact to the environment in the scope of the environment impact statement .
As a brownfield site the redevelopment must consider the significant releases of soil contaminants into the waterway and the impacts of these contaminants on the Columbia river fish species of sport and commercial value.
The added vessel traffic needs to be studied using a vessel traffic analysis that predicts the increased number of collisions and the risk of spills created from those collisions. on the local economy and the environment.
The impact to local water tables resulting from the needed water to irrigate the coal piles to keep them from combustion needs to be studied. What protection sare in place to prevent this water from entering the river and in the case that it does contaminate ground or surface water what mechanisms are in place to minimize impact on aquatic species and humans.
This project presents serious risks to Cowlitz County with added diesel particulate matter (PM2 the kind that goes deep into the lung and cause asthma and COPD deaths to increase) form idling tankers and trains as well as coal dust especially from the "empty"coal cars that under the current proposal will not be cleaned of residual dust and unlike the loaded cars are not sprayed with a fixative to reduce dust losses. The health and economic costs far outweigh the economic benefits of about 20 long term jobs to the Cowlits economy. Most of the profits from this project will be retained by the coal industry outside of Washington with little local economic benefits like tax revenue for our state economy.
The risk of increased coal train rail traffic needs to be studied. how many additional people will be killed at rail crossings and why does the railroad request that municipal governments pay for rail crossing safety improvements when the railroad is profiting from the increased traffic. How will this increased traffic impact emergency vehicle traffic. And what economic impact will the train traffic have on surface street delivery truck traffic when waiting at crossings.
I urge you to make sure to consider all of the significant costs to the local environment and economy with this proposed coal export terminal by completing the most inclusive environmental impact statement so that we can use the best available data to make the best decision for Washington state.