Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001636 

Received: 10/24/2013 11:35:00 AM
Commenter: John R. Luchsinger
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:John R. Luchsinger <> Sent:Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:35 AM 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,
Driving through the fog this morning in Everett, WA brought home the fact that in 100 years or even sooner, our communities could actually be looking at full time particulate matter in the air, such as China is now seeing in some of their cities, and this particulate matter would block the sunlight. It would be a problem to a person’s breathing and health, and ultimately the people living then would have paid the price for our decisions that are taking place today.
We are fortunate to live here in this state by the ocean, which brings clean air off the pacific that dilutes and seems to wash away pollution. But in fact it is really there, in small numbers, just look at a haze on a morning day that has just seen a day of high pressure, as reduced air quality is common in a high pressure zone.
What does this have to do with coal shipping and Washington State? Wow, what doesn’t this affect? It will affect jobs; course there will be more of them. It affects car traffic, as more cars will be waiting for trains to clear a crossing, which brings an idling engine, pollution, late workers, and babies being born in cars waiting to get to a hospital, and on and on. Someone will get this coal train traffic outlet, and where it will be located is going to be the hard question to answer today. Making a decision that will be up to our children and grand children and their families to put up with, and live with. There is a lot to this story, much more than I care to write about at this moment, but it is worth taking a hard look at, this low tech solution to a growing burdening question of how to fuel and energize our future.
I truly am glad that I live today, as in another 100 years, the devourers will have devoured, and what exactly will be left, will be left do to our decisions we have made today.
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.
Thank you
John R. Luchsinger 1730 Baker Avenue Everett, WA 98201 206-914-6742