Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002125
Received: 11/16/2013 8:22:56 PM
Commenter: Karen Wood
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
I am very concerned about the potential impacts of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Washington. My concerns are related to the environmental impact, both locally and globally (in Washington, other states, places where the coal will be burned, and the planet in general). I hope the scope of the EIS will be broadly defined as it was for the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Whatcom County. The scope should include potential impacts on air quality (including climate change and mercury pollution), water quality (including ocean acidification and the impact of coal dust on the Columbia River and other areas the trains will pass through), and impacts on wildlife (including animals, plants, and fish). I am especially concerned about impacts on wildlife migration after seeing photos of elk carcasses along the railroad track near Pierce National Wildlife Refuge. Trains are a deadly fence for animals and the increase in mile-long coal trains will add to this negative impact. I am also concerned about shipping coal to Asia where it will be burned and add to the pollution that already comes to Washington from Asia’s coal-fired power plants, plus a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions. I doubt that the positive impacts of the Millennium Bulk Terminals (jobs, taxes, economy) are worth the cost to the environment. I don’t think our environment should suffer primarily to allow the coal industry to continue to financially benefit from mining and exporting coal.