Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001409 

Received: 9/2/2013 7:24:00 PM
Commenter: Helen Glidden
Organization: 
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:Helen Glidden <hmg4600@gmail.com> Sent:Monday, September 02, 2013 7:05 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Protect the Columbia River from dirty coal export!

If the Longview, Washington Millennium Terminal were built, dirty coal would be transported on trains through the Northwest and onto ships to be sent overseas. There are a myriad of foreseeable negative impacts should tons and tons of coal be transported through communities along the picturesque Pacific Northwest. To name the most obvious, additional coal train traffic would cause further congestion and noise, pollution of air and waterways, harm to existing businesses, delay for emergency responders.
It would also cause irreparable damage to aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, increase shipping tanker traffic with the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining which is known to produce unacceptable increased levels of carbon dioxide gases, thus escalating climate change.
Please review these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
In addition, the coal train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, tax-payer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the SR 432 Project. The SR 432 Project must be analyzed in the Millennium EIS as the economic impact could be huge.
Helen Glidden 419 Briar Rd Bellingham, WA 98225