Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002029
Received: 11/14/2013 1:49:21 AM
Commenter: Robert Williams
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
First of all I will again request that the Army Corps of Engineers should examine all the coal export proposals together in an EIS process. The proposals are all very similar and will have gigantic far reaching effects that should be closely examined in a group process.
Next I would speak to the train transport through the Columbia Gorge. I am a windsurfer and enjoy much time in the gorge. I know how windy it can be there. These proposed miles and miles of coal trains will be losing large quantities of toxic coal dust into the air and water of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. The coal cars cannot be covered or they will catch on fire. Spraying the coal with surfactants does not appear to work. This problem represent a significant unavoidable adverse impact and should be grounds enough to halt the project. This problem needs to be included in the EIS.
Other problems with the trains include tying up railroad crossings for very long periods of time as train traverse small towns between Washington and coal deposits.
The ultimate problem which also should be addressed in the EIS is the burning of this coal in Asia and the long term climate changes this encourages, not to mention the toxic air pollution which blows back into the PNW from Asian coal burning.
Thank you for considering my comments,