Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001525
Received: 10/18/2013 9:52:00 PM
Commenter: Rosemary Spyhalsky
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
From:Rosemary Spyhalsky <email@example.com> Sent:Friday, October 18, 2013 9:52 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
My name is Rosemary Spyhalsky. I am a licensed advanced registered nurse practitioner who resides in Thurston County and the granddaughter of a coalminer from norther Pennsylvania . I am here today because I am very concerned for the health and well being of WA State residents as a result of fine particulate matter emitted from coal trains traveling along the proposed route from the Powder River Basin of MT and WY, through Idaho, eastern WA, and the South Puget Sound to its final destination in Longview, WA.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition in the lungs that results in hyper responsiveness of the surrounding lung tissue resulting in bronchodilation and obstruction, both of which lead to shortness of breath and wheezing. According to the WA State Dept of Health, in 2010 asthma rates in WA were higher at 9.6% as compared to the national average of 8.7%. Surely we do not want to do anything to worsen increase these numbers. Improving outdoor air quality is a primary public health measure in limiting rates of asthma and reducing disease progression and exacerbation. Exposure to diesel fumes and fine particulate matter are clearly triggers for asthma.
The development of lung cancer is a complex process involving repeated exposure to an irritant as well as genetic and molecular changes within lung tissue. The resulting over expression of malignant cells can lead to cancer. According to a large European study published this year, a correlation exists between long-term exposure to even low levels of air pollution and increased rates of lung cancer, especially in non-smokers. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in WA State, representing 27.3% of cancer deaths in 2010 (that is, 3,227 individuals annually).
The disbursement of clouds of coal dust for a mile or more on either side of train tracks along the proposed route is clearly a public health issue. We/you have a responsibility to WA State citizens to protect them from the environmental and health concerns that would result from this project. I implore you to take this into consideration when making your final determination. Thank you for your time.
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Coal Train Facts.org. (n.d.). Quick Facts. Retrieved from http://www.coaltrainfacts.org/docs/CTFQuickFacts.pdf
Washington State Cancer Registry. (2010). Cancer by site. Retrieved from https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/wscr/WSCR/PDF/10Report/CancerBySite10.pdf
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Rosemary Spyhalsky Libby Rd Olympia, WA 98506