Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001427 

Received: 9/26/2013 3:52:00 AM
Commenter: Tonya Enger
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:Tonya Enger <engert@uw.edu> Sent:Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:32 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Stop dirty and unwanted coal from polluting my personal and community health.
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County Commission:
As a Washingtonian who has been born and raised along the Columbia River I strongly oppose the construction of a coal-export terminal in Longview, Wash. that would transport coal on trains and barges through the Northwest to be exported, sold and burned in Asia. Coal exports threaten endangered species and human communities locally and globally.
In fact, I live within sight of the very railroad tracks in question. Not only would this be detrimental to the ecosystems of the beloved Columbia river watershed and wetlands, but it would DIRECTLY affect me and my family with the consequences of bringing coal through to this terminal.
This terminal would have drastic impacts on the health of our natural ecosystems and my community. The Millennium Environmental Impact Study must evaluate the effects of dust from uncovered coal trains, pollution into the Columbia River, terminal construction and operation, diesel emissions from increased barging and railway traffic, transfer of the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels, potential for spills and threats to endangered species.
The transport and use of coal adds numerous toxins to our atmosphere -- including mercury that bioaccumulates in our seafood, carbon dioxide emissions that escalate global climate change and increase ocean acidification, heavy metals that leach into our waterways, and carcinogens that sicken both animals and people.
I personally walk my dog by this river and the railroad tracks every day. This development would directly impact my health.
The study must also consider what approval of this terminal and coal exports will mean at every step in the process -- from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to the power grids in Asia.
In addition, the coal-train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, taxpayer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the S.R. 432 Project. Because of this, the S.R. 432 Project must also be analyzed in the Millennium Environmental Impact Study.
Thank you for your consideration of my comments.
Tonya Enger 1510 SE 79th ct. Vancouver, WA 98664 US