Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001790
Received: 11/1/2013 1:57:00 AM
Commenter: Jon Reinsch
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:Jon Reinsch <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Friday, November 01, 2013 1:57 AM To:email@example.com 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 am a computer programmer in Seattle.
In preparing the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Millennium Bulk Logistics Coal Terminal in Longview, WA, I urge you to fully consider the impact burning the coal shipped from the terminal would have on escalating climate change, and the differential effect of that climate change on our communities. Those effects include: economic disruption loss of farmland sea level rise extreme weather health impacts (e.g. increased asthma rates, insect-borne illnesses, salmonella)
The fact that the worst of these impacts may be decades away is no reason not to consider them. In approaching a major decision like whether to approve this terminal, it would be a mistake to think of short-term interests alone. Doing so would be a betrayal to the generations that follow us.
The scale of these impacts is so great that it is hard to see how they could be significantly mitigated. In that case, I strongly believe the permit should be denied.