Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001498 

Received: 10/21/2013 12:06:00 AM
Commenter: Laura Leigh Brakke
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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:Laura Brakke <llbrakke@hotmail.com> Sent:Monday, October 21, 2013 12:06 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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 am expecting all Public employees that are responsible for the health and well being of people and for protecting clean air and water to connect all the dots. By this I mean you must consider the cumulative impacts of all the proposed shipping terminals. The excessive stress this shipping of coal will impose on our waterways from the Columbia River, along the coast line and up into and through the Unimak Pass of Alaska must all be evaluated. How will these large ships affect the migration of salmon? What would be the risk of a collision and leaking of bunker fuel, coal and balast water filled with invasive foreign water species. Protecting our water from pollution includes the mercury that falls into the atmosphere and gets into the water and thus into fish for human consumption. Please study the effects on fishing resources in the Columbia river up to the Bristol Bay Salmon runs affected by coal dust, ship's propeller vibrations, and the increase in ship traffic that may affect migration patterns and survival of all fish species and crab. How would the proponants prepare for and manage a major spill? Please include the collisions between ships and whales and the harm this causes and mortality rates. Coal is 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. Please include the health risks of coal dust on our environment and on respiratory systems of people near the rail lines. This proposal would increase the negative affects my community has already experienced with the increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. Please study the damage to aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River. You need to quantify the harm to human health of the increased tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills. What will be the impacts to the land with expanded strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and you cannot pretend to deny the effects on escalating climate change. Coal export threatens the health, public safety and economic vitality of our communities. I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. Thank you. Laura Leigh Brakke Bellingham, WA 98229