Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001826 

Received: 11/3/2013 11:59:00 AM
Commenter: Norm Cimon
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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:Norm Cimon <ncimon@oregontrail.net> Sent:Sunday, November 03, 2013 11:59 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments on Docket Number 2013-19738
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
RE: Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
I want you to record my opposition to the construction of the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBT) for coal exports at Longview.
The full effects of transporting coal in the proposed volume through the Columbia Basin have not been considered to date. The unique climatology of that basin, with winter inversions that can last for a month or more, insure the loading of coal dust into a sealed airshed. That's the air quality problem.
That coal dust will precipitate out into the waterways at the first break in the weather, scavenged by drops of rain and snow falling through the cloud and into the Columbia River watershed. That's the water quality problem.
You are legally bound to consider the full range of impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement from a coal export terminal at Longview, WA. These impacts are far-reaching for the 1,300 - 1,400 miles between mines in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming to Longview.
The societal problem is just as significant. The terminal would negatively affect communities by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting local airsehds and waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders.
In sum, it would damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health due to embedded coal dust in the inversion layer, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
Thank you
Norm Cimon 1208 First St. La Grande, OR 97850