Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001526 

Received: 10/8/2013 2:31:00 AM
Commenter: Roxanne Gihl
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:Roxanne Gihl <> Sent:Tuesday, October 08, 2013 2:31 AM 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, There are a great many reasons to oppose coal trains at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. The EIS needs to consider all the highly negative economic and climatic effects on not only our local area, but far reaching effects of much increased congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, probable loss of tourism and lower real estate values in our area, and delaying emergency responders. Pollution hurts everyone, no one is "immune" from the effects of coal on the environment! This must be stopped in its tracks, now. There is no place to hide from a dirtied environment, and no easy, cheap ways to mitigate the awful effects on people and the economy. Coal shipments can 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. I urge your thoughtful consideration of all these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. Sincerely, Roxanne Gihl Bremerton, WA