Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001614 

Received: 10/9/2013 10:17:00 AM
Commenter: Catherine Mushel
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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:Catherine Mushel <cmushel@comcast.net> Sent:Wednesday, October 09, 2013 10:17 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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. 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. I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. You would be ruining America for the sake of international corporate profits. Where the coal comes from is being ruined; the transport of coal is a dirty business that cannot be made clean; the burning of coal abroad ruins the atmosphere of the planet. The effects of the coal industry are right in the hamlets that mine it; right along the rail routes, and above us in acid rain and particulate pollution. Visit the Berkekey Pit in Butte Montana if you want to see how mining poisons water! Imagine an entire aquifer so polluted! This is not fanciful thinking. Protect our aquifers, protect our air, protect our lives--we must have water to live, air to breathe now and into the future. Thank you, Catherine Mushel Portland, OR