Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001979
Received: 11/12/2013 5:24:30 PM
Commenter: Janice Hoem
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
Helllo. thank you for taking the time to read this comment.
I am requesting that the EIS include all the areas that will be affected, from the coal mines to the terminal. The communities and ranch lands and farms along the rail line will face many negative effects from the increased number of 125-car mile-and-a-half-long trains carrying coal -- from diesel fumes, noise, blocked emergency services and crossing risks to health impacts and costs to local governments that must take mediating measures such as creating quiet zones or overpasses. To ignore those very real environmental impacts is wrong.
Furthermore, if we send cheap coal to Asia, they will burn it. The CO2 and toxins from that burning will return to North America on prevailing winds. In the western states most rivers and lakes already have received mercury that can be traced to Asian coal burning.
I have attended two hearings in Spokane and have seen representatives of Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Equality and the Army Corps of Engineers listening carefully to testimony and taking notes. I am certain that they understand the need to look at the big picture.