Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002060
Received: 11/14/2013 9:42:22 PM
Commenter: Ron Lucas
Organization: Town of Steilacoom
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
Thank you for the opportunity to comment and thanks for your service to this important project.
First, I support following any existing time rules for this application. It is improper to apply a "new rule" of review stretching maybe three years and applying the new test of "global impact." If that were to be the new WA standard...then all businesses: Boeing, PACAR, or any business should/would have to follow the same new requirement and standard in any similar application and I believe would cause business to likely leave the state. Follow the current rule to the project request; list the issues and mitigation requirements; then let the application respond .......then go forward with a decision.
Second, many comments center on coal train pollution and health issues from those trains. Having served on the Tacoma/Pierce County Board of Health for years....no such report, finding, study has been presented to support that contention. In my community, three coal trains a day have traveled North through Steilacoom for more than twenty years......not a complaint, opposition demonstration, Health Department concern... ever...not in any air quality report also. In Tacoma or Pierce County, the particulate matter air quality issue is centered on 72nd and Pacific Ave. with older wood burning stoves. Tacoma has attempted to mitigate...with little success. But no report points to coal trains being a health or pollution issue. I recommend a short, peer reviewed study of coal train routes and air quality measurement which may give new information. But any results can be part of the mitigation.
My fear is that the biggest issue in coal trains running through WA state to Canada. WA state would have no influence. I recommend that the Longview terminal be approved with mitigation issues solved....this is good for the state. Then, WA state has the ability to have the trains meet a standard in moving to port which would not be possible if the trains go to Canada.
Always the best....thanks for your service....Mayor Ron Lucas