Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001481 

Received: 10/14/2013 10:09:00 PM
Commenter: J. Caine

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:J Caine <> Sent:Monday, October 14, 2013 10:09 PM Subject: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, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission:
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
Coal is a filthy source of energy. There is no such thing as "clean coal." Pulling it from the earth is dangerous to the miners, damaging to their long-term health, and destructive to the environment.
Coal is also a dirty and dangerous combustible fuel that coal companies would put in open rail cars to travel through our communities and on massive cargo ships through our marine waters, fishing grounds and recreation areas. This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change. Coal export threatens the health, public safety and economic vitality of our communities.
In addition, we have no right to encourage other countries to use dirty fuels. We are obligated to promote clean energy in our own country and to encourage other countries to do the same. In this time of serious climate damage and change we must be responsible for our actions. What goes on in someone else's backyard truly effects what is happening in our own yard and neighborhood.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you.
J Caine