Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001534 

Received: 9/30/2013 5:10:00 AM
Commenter: Sigrid Asmus
Organization: 
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:Sigrid Asmus <essay@nwlink.com> Sent:Monday, September 30, 2013 5:10 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Sep 30, 2013
MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WA Dept of Ecology, EIS,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
As Mayor Mike McGinn has made clear, this proposal would have an immense negative impact on Seattle. The rail system runs directly through one of the Northwest's largest shipping and manufacturing areas, and the proposed eighteen coal trains a day would cause a huge loss of business in addition to causing very lengthy closure of the many streets that cross the rails.
While Longview is a smaller city, getting the coal there means that the 500 pounds of coal dist offgassed by each train -- dust that contains lead, arsenic, and other toxic substances -- would affect farms and ranches all along the line.
No matter what Washington or Oregon cities the coal corporations want to pick, the result would in every case mean a huge rise in congestion and noise, non-stop pollution of our air and local waterways, harm to countless existing businesses, and life-threatening delays to 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.
These are real impacts, and they are not acceptable.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Sigrid Asmus
Seattle, WA 98199-1505 (206) 283-1382