Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001667
Received: 10/21/2013 9:35:00 PM
Commenter: Wolfgang Rougle
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
From:Wolfgang Rougle <email@example.com> Sent:Monday, October 21, 2013 9:35 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Coal is a fuel of the past, which the US no longer has any business burning --or mining -- much less exporting. Exporting coal means exporting pollution -- carbon, sulfur, lung-crippling particulates, and greenhouse gasses -- but pollution does not stay in the countries where coal is burned. Instead, it blows back across the Pacific Ocean -- back to Longview and the rest of the West Coast -- where it dirties the air, causes respiratory problems including premature death, and contributes mercury and acids to our waterways each time rain falls.
This export facility will largely be shipping coal to countries whose air quality controls are laxer than ours in the US'. (If they were any tougher than the US' standards -- well, they would have stopped burning coal, which is what the US should do, too, since "clean coal" is a contradiction in terms!) So the coal is likely to be burned in a way that releases unnecessarily high levels of sulfur, carbon, soot and other contaminants into the atmosphere. We all share the atmosphere; unlike emissions standards, it knows no political boundaries.
The increased coal train and truck traffic to serve the Longview terminal would also congest and threaten communities (coal is, let's not forget, a dirty and combustible hazardous material), and (if spilled) potentially damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River.
Coal is bad for public health, for the liveability of our local communities, and for the climate of the one precious earth we all share. I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.