Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001805 

Received: 11/4/2013 9:46:00 PM
Commenter: Maggie Rose
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:Maggie Rose <marose@seattleschools.org> Sent:Monday, November 04, 2013 9:46 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 4, 2013
Decision Makers
Dear Makers,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders due to traffic delays at train crossings. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
As a science teacher and a student of science, I know for sure that we have only one atmosphere and whatever we put into the atmosphere in China, ends up in the whole atmosphere. I also know that coal not only releases CO2 in the atmosphere, it puts SO2 into the air and that becomes sulfuric acid - acid rain. I beg of you to take our beautiful state out of this whole coal burning process. It destroys the land where it is mined and it will destroy our earth.
I have a small farm in Whatcom County and am hoping and praying that we will not export coal from there either. People there who are pushing a terminal at Cherry Point think that will bring jobs. I say, let's create real "good jobs" now. Jobs that we can work with pride, jobs that do not cause damage to anyone. Let's give the world what we ask for ourselves: no power plants that burn coal. I urge you to consider these many negative impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Sincerely,
Ms. Maggie Rose 11257 Palatine Ave N Seattle, WA 98133-8616