Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001638 

Received: 10/29/2013 5:37:00 PM
Commenter: Kate Rinder

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:Kate Rinder <> Sent:Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:37 PM Subject:Comments on proposed Millenium terminal
Hello, I am a Washington resident, and I think that I live in the most incredible state and region. I am deeply concerned about the long-term health and welfare of our communities, but human and natural. I am writing to submit a comment on the proposed Millenium terminal proposal on the Columbia River. I have a number of concerns about this proposed project. However, I am going to focus my comment on the impacts and risks associated with transportation. This proposed terminal would significantly increase the amount of rail and river traffic—a tripling of ship traffic on the river, of extremely large ships. There should be a comprehensive scoping and assessment looking at the regional rail impacts of all coal, crude oil, and liquid natural gas proposals (pending and future). Increased vessel traffic will increase the likelihood of collisions, spills, and contamination of the river, riparian zone, and greater watershed. This will have implications for the natural environment, wildlife, and human health. Increased rail traffic will likewise impact these same things. More trains passing through communities will result in increased delays of emergency vehicles, traffic congestion, collisions, noise pollution, and pollution resulting from the transportation of these resources themselves.
I believe that there should be a comprehensive transportation scoping and risk assessment that includes all currently pending and future proposals for the Millenium terminal that include all resources that would be transported by rail or vessel. Only through a comprehensive assessment will it be possible to make the best decision for Washington.
Thank you for accepting my comments. Kate Rinder