Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001437 

Received: 10/5/2013 5:09:00 PM
Commenter: Ann Mottet
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:Ann Mottet <> Sent:Saturday, October 05, 2013 5:09 PM Subject:my input
I was born and reared in Longview and returned here to practice law after my graduation from law school. I've lived here all of my 60 years, other than the years away for my undergraduate and legal educations. I love SW Washington and have chosen to live my life here. I am a business owner, I own my house on the Old West Side (only a couple miles as the crow flies from the plant) outright and I own my vacation home on Willapa Bay outright. I vote and I pay a ton of taxes!!!! I oppose the coal export plant. We do not want to become a dirty coal city. We do not trust Millennium - they started out lying to us and I have no reason to believe they have changed in any way. Just a new figurehead. They are trying to posture as if they are going to clean up the toxic waste at the old aluminum smelters because they are good citizens. Alcoa (and hence Millennium as the successor in interest to Alcoa) are obligated to do this clean up. If they had the choice, they wouldn't invest the time or resources in the site. It doesn't matter if they don't because if they do not, Alcoa is still compelled to do so. So, they are behaving deceitfully in posturing as if they have some sort of good will or green ethic. What a load of hog wash. Do they think we are stupid? Apparently so. It's simply not worth 136 measly jobs. Sheesh. Coal is not only WRONG for the Lower Columbia, it is wrong for our fragile island home, planet earth. It is dirty and polluting. There is no such thing as "clean coal". Even if we were to assume that Millennium had our interests at heart and they would do everything they can to protect us, this coal will be burned somewhere on earth and it will contribute to climate change, ocean acidification and the destruction and desecration of our planet. Moreover, accidents will always happen. Trains will crash, loads will topple, engineers or pilots will drive drunk, barges will capsize, contractors will take easy expeditious short cuts during construction, the people who you are trying to regulate will cheat, and the lower columbia region will be left polluted, ugly and destroyed. The oysters in Willapa Bay are already having trouble reproducing due to acidification. The environmental study must have the broadest possible scope. Do you understand the concept of ecosystem??? The earth is all one ecosystem and what you do here, impacts the whole. Not to mention the railroad traffic and it's impact on the river and all of sw washington and the entire pacific northwest. Holy Cow! This EIS has to be comprehensive in scope. Otherwise, it is a meaningless, pointless exercise. Use your power - don't be whimpy and bought out by corporations who could care less how my garden grows and whether there is coal dust on my roses and squash! Do the right thing. Listen to the great majority of people who live, work, play and die here and scope this EIS broadly and comprehensively. The potential for harm is great, the scope of the EIS must be correspondingly great. Ann Mottet 1329 19th Ave Longview, WA 98632 (360) 355-4696