Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001987 

Received: 11/12/2013 10:28:51 PM
Commenter: Jane Kepner
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
I am not in favor of coal trains passing through the Columbia Gorge. The coal dust that comes off of the trains is a health hazard and threatens the quality of life along the Columbia River. We have one of the treasures of the world in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. However, we have already endangered the eco-system as it is with the pollution that spews from the coal plant at the East end of the Gorge. Adding to this pollution is a backward step when we are capable of creating more sustainable objectives when it comes to fuel choices. Today as I watched a coal train rumble through the town of Bingen, WA, I reflected on how tragic it will be should we allow an increase in coal shipments through the Columbia Gorge, and how equally tragic it is for us to even consider adding further damage to the environment. We can do our part to begin to change the rapid acceleration of global warming. We can make the right choices for our children and grandchildren to save them from unparalleled environmental damage that cannot be turned back at a certain point. We are the stewards of the Earth and we must decide in favor of the health of our people and all other life.