Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001547 

Received: 9/23/2013 9:25:00 PM
Commenter: Travis Nichols
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:Travis Nichols <> Sent:Monday, September 23, 2013 9:25 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, I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. I live in Spokane Washington and work moments away from the Yardly Yard at BNSF. I am very familiar with the existing rail traffic through our city and the implecations it brings. The proposal to transport open coal containers would significantly damage the health, environment and quality of our community and do little to benefit it. Increasing coal containers would 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 Spokane River & 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. With all of these detrimental effects known there is no way that I can support the proposal to export coal, transported by rail, through the state of Washington. I urge you to consider these regional, local, and community impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. Thank you
Travis Nichols 1704 E 14th Spokane, WA 99202 509-720-8899