Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001434
Received: 10/26/2013 4:30:37 PM
Commenter: Fred Sayer
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
The scope of the EIS must not be limited to the local and regional impacts of coal transport. It needs to address comprehensively and globally all the impacts of coal mining, transport, burning and all the related health, environmental, economic and social repercussions. It needs to address, at a minimum:
- Local impacts to air and water quality along the train corridors from coal dust and diesel pollution
- Global impacts due to burning coal – air pollution and acidification of ocean and fresh water bodies 1000s of miles downwind (i.e. in the case of coal burned in the Orient: here)
- Reduced incentive and further delay in development of cleaner and alternative energy sources
- Surface traffic impacts and related safety issues, plus the costs to mitigate them due to greatly increased train traffic
- 90% of the jobs touted are temporary construction jobs. Only 135 permanent jobs created, and at what cost?
- Monopolization of finite resources (trains) and infrastructure (tracks, bridges, crossings, etc.) to haul heavy loads of a low-margin commodity vs. more cost-beneficial freight such as manufactured goods and farm products.
- Loss of property values along the corridors, and the resultant social blight.
All of this for the enrichment of a few? It doesn't pencil out.