Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001678
Received: 11/4/2013 9:54:00 PM
Commenter: Alan Scott
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:Alan Scott <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, November 04, 2013 9:54 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 4, 2013
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
I am deeply concerned and opposed to the construction of the coal terminals and the transportation by rail of coal through our communities to the terminals. I have lived in Washington State for 20 years and currently reside within shaking distance of rail lines on which the coal trains would travel. I am concerned for my ability to live within such close proximity to the noise, shake, and dust producing emissions from the open rail cars carrying coal. I do enjoy the nearby beach and cross over the rail line several times a week for my run along the shoreline. I have seen the effects of coal dust on homes near the terminal north of Point Roberts, BC and abhor the thought of similarly having to deal with the dust settling on my property, possessions, and the detail cleaning needed to remove this pollution containing mercury, radioactive thorium, and other elements.
I enjoy SCUBA diving and am sensitive as well to the effects that the transport of coal would have on the adjacent waters and marine life in Puget Sound. The transport of coal along the rail line will be a severe detriment to all forms of life nearby. The effects of burning such coal in China could reach my community as soon as 10 days of its burning for a second-punch against life sustainability.
I urge all those responsible for deciding the fate of the proposed coal shipment to seriously examine the effects of that shipment on the persons and marine life that live nearby, and to look to the adversity wrought by the Point Roberts coal terminal on the neighboring communities in British Columbia. Let us not overlook the widespread impact that the burning of this coal would have in producing soot, carbon dioxide, and the radioactive elements spread through the fly-ash emission.
Mr. Alan Scott 3019 NW Esplanade Seattle, WA 98117-2624