Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001541 

Received: 10/16/2013 1:49:00 PM
Commenter: Sydney Fowlers

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:Sydney Fowlers <> Sent:Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:49 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:
Spokane is a city that sits in a depression of foothills and as such is subject to stagnant air on a regular basis. Adding coal dust to this already poor air quality will increase lung and allergy problems for its residents--including me. I cannot live in an environment like, nor can others.
Coal burning is a dirty polluting business and even China is beginning to see the problems with it--so there is certainly no reason to contribute to pollution of the world and Spokane by expanding on coal transports.
I don't buy the increased jobs argument. It's not worth contaminating the world for.
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 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.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you.
Sydney Fowlers