Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002021
Received: 11/13/2013 5:09:10 PM
Commenter: Anne Winkes
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
Subject: Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
I have lived in Washington state for the past 44 years. As a resident, as a homeowner, as a mother who raised two sons in the state of Washington, as a grandmother with 2 grandchildren living in the state of Washington, and as a nurse practitioner who has cared for families for 30 plus years in the state of Washington, I would like to ask that the EIS please study the following significant adverse impacts of the proposed Millenium Bulk Logistics Coal Terminal in Longview, Washington in addition to those impacts I discussed in a previous comment.
First, the impact of train vibrations on structural foundations along the railroad corridor from the Powder River Basin to the Millenium Terminal must be included in the EIS. If the terminal is constructed, the increased number of trains needed to transport coal, each weighing approximately 143 tons when fully loaded, could potentially damage nearby structural foundations secondary to train vibrations. A seismograph in our basement which is located within 1000 feet of a railroad corridor shows significant movement with each passing coal train.
Second, the impact of the noise of the trains on the sleep of people in communities along the purposed route of the trains carrying coal to the terminal must be part of the EIS. Multiple recurrent episodes of sleep disturbance cause impaired cognitive function, depressed mood, decreased alertness and poor performance
Third, the impact of the increase in train traffic, and the longer wait time caused by 1.5 mile long trains on emergency medical response time must be studied. This is particularly important in those cities, where the train track separates a portion of the community from where the hospital is located.
I hope that you will consider all of these impacts in the scope of your Environmental Impact Statement.