Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002091 

Received: 11/15/2013 2:15:08 PM
Commenter: Patricia Milliren
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 ask that the EIS for the coal export terminal in Longview consider as broad a perspective as possible--because our lives and the life of Earth depend upon seeing all the interconnections of what coal does to the planet--from the consequences of digging it up and transporting it on trains and ships to the effects of its burning in power plants in China or the U.S.--consequences that do not know international boundaries. You need to look at what happens, what other resources are used in the process of digging up coal (heavy machinery pollution as well as damage to water and air and plants and land/ecosystems, for example), in the process of moving coal for transport to where it is burned (communities along train tracks or waterways, endangered species in the path of the trains or boats and human and other species' health affects, for example), and most critically, what the effects of burning this coal will be on this and future generations in terms of climate change, air pollution, increased wild weather (can you afford the insurance? can you get food and water supplies to devastated areas..,.just look at the Philippines this week), increased serious or terminal illnesses around the globe, etc. This proposed project is much more than a great way to make money for an elite few and provide a few bad jobs to entice poor people. This project can complete the devastation of the planet, and you'd better document that in the EIS.