Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001913 

Received: 10/13/2013 9:10:00 PM
Commenter: Kim Gonczar
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:Kim Gonczar <> Sent:Sunday, October 13, 2013 9:10 PM Subject:Fwd: Longview LLC Project
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Kim Gonczar <> Date: Sun, Oct 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM Subject: Longview LLC Project To:
To whom it may concern, I wish to comment on two aspects of the Longview Millenium Bulk Project proposal. First, the negative environment impacts to the Columbia River waterway and wetlands in Cowlitz County. 1. Continual dredging of an estimated 48 acres to accommodate the large barges will impede the survival of endangered and threatened fish and other wildlife. Calling it "unavoidable, permanent impacts to aquatic areas"* accurately sums up why it shouldn't be allowed. *page 14 2. The above-water operations "anticipates" the trestle conveyor will "minimize the impact from coal spills, dust, and untreated stormwater runoff from docks".* Coal and its dust are unacceptable contaminates for human, animal and aquatic environments. *page 14 3. An industrial property developed during a World War should not guarantee that it may continue to expand with the cost of acres of wetlands, coastal setback zones and river bottom material. 4. The rail and shipping traffic will negatively impact the quality of life for the citizens of Longview and the natural environmental systems. It further would create a target for enemies of the United States that wish to harm our economy, transportation systems or terrorize her people.
Second, the negative impact on the Puget Sound at large. 1. The Sound's waters are increasingly becoming acidified. (Science has linked burning coal to global warming as well as polluting the ocean and land water.) This acidification is contributing to a decrease in local shellfish and migrating "dead zones" of salt water. Many Washingtonians earn their living through growing, harvesting and selling of oysters, clams and mussels. The state has treaties with Native American tribes and is mandated to safeguard these natural resources. 2. Mercury from burning coal becomes an air born toxin, eventually entering water systems. Large ocean living fish (already contaminated with mercury) become health risks when consumed. The effects of mercury are compounded when eaten by pregnant women and/or children. It is well past time to leave our remaining coal in the ground and develop alternative forms of clean energy. For these and other reasons, I ask that the project be terminated.
Thank you for your time and consideration, Kim Gonczar Olympia, WA 98513