Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002005 

Received: 11/13/2013 2:07:06 AM
Commenter: Jonnel Covault
Organization: Jonnel Covault Picture Framing
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
I am very concerned about the affects of coal dust in the air and water. Please extend the scope of the EIS to include the possible changes in air and water quality in the Portland Metro Area. I am concerned about arsenic, mercury and other chemicals leaching into the ground water which flows into the Willamette River. The Willamette River, as well as the Columbia River have pollution issues already. Will the increase in contaminates contribute to even fewer wild salmon returns? Would adding more arsenic, mercury and other toxins to these waters cause deformities in salmon fry? There are many species, including ourselves, whose health could be adversely affected by eating fish, plants and animals contaminated by toxic coal dust. Before this project is approved, I hope you will study how these contaminants will impact our health and the health of all species in the local food chain. More and more people are experiencing asthma and allergies which could be further aggravated by coal dust. I would like the scope of the EIS to also include the environmental impact of derailments and toxic spills of coal into the Columbia River, sloughs, and wetlands along the path of the trains, barges and ships carrying this product around and through the Portland/ Vancouver area. Thank you.