Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001288 

Received: 10/19/2013 5:05:13 PM
Commenter: Gayle Kiser
Organization: Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community
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
It has been stated by BNSF that adding a surfactant to the coal cars to lessen dust loss is only done at the request of the customer. They also state that a coal car can lose 500 lbs of coal in transit. This coal lands on the railside, whether it be forest, cropland or cities that are in the rail corridor. Why are shippers allowed to ship coal without using a surfactant? Why aren't the cars covered? Is that because the coal dust is so combustible that it is dangerous in a covered container? Please cover these concerns in the EIS.