Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001558 

Received: 10/31/2013 3:22:22 PM
Commenter: Barney Baker
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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
•I am very concerned about the health of North Pacific commercial fisheries which have provided a livelihood for me, my sons, my brother and his sons for decades. •Peer reviewed studies¹ indicate that mercury levels in the North Pacific are on the rise, and that the main source is Asian coal fired power plants. •I am about to become a grandfather, and I want my grandchild to have the opportunity to make a living in a thriving seafood industry. This, of course, will only be possible if people trust that seafood is safe to eat in the future. •I don’t want to see salmon, crab and other fish become like some species of tuna; too high in mercury content to be eaten frequently. •I am also concerned about the damage fugitive coal dust², from trains and coal loading at the proposed export terminal in Longview, would do to aquatic life. References: 1. Coal and Mercury in Alaska Kendra L. Zamzow, Ph.D. Center for science in public participation August 2010 Methylmercury production below the mixed layer in the North Pacific Ocean Blum, Joel D. Popp, Brian N. Drazen, Jeffrey C. Anela Choy, C. Johnson, Marcus W. Nature Geoscience 6, 879–884 (2013) Nature Publishing Group 2. Increased CYP1A1 and ribosomal protein L5 gene expression in a teleost: The response of juvenile chinook salmon to coal dust exposure P.M. Campbell, R. H. Devlin Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 4160 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, V7V 1N6, BC, Canada