Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001943
Received: 11/11/2013 1:48:02 PM
Commenter: Doug Pineo
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
I am writing today to express my opposition to permitting rail transportation of coal across the State of Washington, for shipment to Asian countries for electrical generation.
My opposition is on two scales of reference. Likely adverse regional impacts to environmental quality to urban, suburban and rural communities through which the trains would pass include coal dust leaking from the rail cars, and increased noise, pollution and automotive traffic congestion at rail crossings.
Because burning coal emits large quantities of carbon dioxide which is a principal cause of anthropogenic climate change, devastating impacts to modern society are certain, from facilitating the continued reliance on coal as a fuel for electrical generation. Furthermore, coal burning emits many other directly toxic materials including sulphur oxides and mercury, which are manifestly not controlled in Chinese or Indian coal-fired electrical generating plants. These countries continue to develop rapidly yet are beset by systemic corruption at every level of government and private society, and cannot be relied upon to control air and water pollution caused by coal-fired electricity production. The United States should not be facilitating increased coal burning through shipping coal to these or other countries.
Finally, none of the adverse impacts outlined above can be reliably or practically mitigated.
I write as a professional with 36 years in environmental management, and I am thoroughly familiar with NEPA, Washington SEPA, and the federal Clean Air Act. Thanks for the opportunity to present my views.