Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001666 

Received: 10/15/2013 10:00:00 PM
Commenter: Virginia Metcalf
Organization: 
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:Virginia Metcalf <eagle3280@gmail.com> Sent:Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:00 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Oct 15, 2013
Sir or Madam
Dear or Madam,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal-export terminal in Longview, Wash. that would transport coal on trains and barges through the Northwest to be exported, sold and burned in Asia. Coal exports threaten endangered species and human communities locally and globally.
Scientific evidence abounds that coal and coal dust is hazardous to our health and to other species. Why must we continue to tempt fate by shipping coal by rail. We all know of rail accidents where rivers and streams are polluted and we all know that coal dust pervades the atmosphere when coalcars travel and are loaded and unloaded. Greed and ignorance are the two main reasons for developing the export terminal. Let us have the moral courage and a land ethic that will redirect our utilization of coal to alternative types of energy and retain our health and the wellbeing of our planet.
This terminal would have drastic impacts on the health of our natural ecosystems and our communities. The Millennium Environmental Impact Study must evaluate the effects of dust from uncovered coal trains, pollution into the Columbia River, terminal construction and operation, diesel emissions from increased barging and railway traffic, transfer of the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels, potential for spills and threats to endangered species.
The transport and use of coal adds numerous toxins to our atmosphere -- including mercury that bioaccumulates in our seafood, carbon dioxide emissions that escalate global climate change and increase ocean acidification, heavy metals that leach into our waterways, and carcinogens that sicken both animals and people.
The study must also consider what approval of this terminal and coal exports will mean at every step in the process -- from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to the power grids in Asia.
In addition, the coal-train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, taxpayer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the S.R. 432 Project. Because of this, the S.R. 432 Project must also be analyzed in the Millennium Environmental Impact Study.
Thank you for your consideration of my comments.
Sincerely,
Ms. Virginia Metcalf 8814 30th Street Ct NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335-6015