Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001468 

Received: 10/19/2013 10:37:00 AM
Commenter: David Moyal
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State: Oregon

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:David Moyal <moyald@gmail.com> Sent:Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:37 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:millenium bulk shipping
David Moyal 1804 2nd St La Grande OR 97850 10/19/13 Subject: Comments on Docket Number 2013-19738 RE: Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission, I am writing in opposition to the application currently under review regarding the Longview coal terminal project. I live in La Grande. I have a 4 year old child. I work at the VA Clinic here in La Grande as a Physician Assistant. There are multiple potential impacts resulting from their proposal: 1.Local economic impacts resulting from the traffic disruption of increased numbers of trains. Crossing management will have a direct economic impact on local municipalities. Increased train traffic will lead to extremely limited job creation, given the current size of train crews. 2.Local health impacts: Direct pulmonary effects of diesel and coal dust particulates on both healthy (my son) and sick (my VA patients) residents. Noise is a well known stressor, resulting in increased blood pressure and other effects. There is no doubt at all that these trains will increase ambient noise levels. 3.Environmental/water quality impacts: There will be inevitable increases in baseline diesel pollution and coal dust pollution. Highly probable accidents will have potential for isolated significant impacts. Please recall that UPR themselves have a very poor track record in first acknowledging and second remediating chronic diesel fuel leakage along their right-of-way. 4.Even though it may be beyond your scope, the increase in fossil fuel use, particularly in the developing nations of Asia, is the single largest contributor to accumulating greenhouse gases and global warming. The American West should not be facilitatingthe burning of fossil fuels. Please review Arch and Ambre's application carefully. If you do, I am sure you will disallow it based on the points raised above. Sincerely, David Moyal