Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002140
Received: 11/17/2013 1:11:19 AM
Commenter: Cheryl Kopec
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
As a proud resident of Tacoma, I am very concerned about the possibility of developing new coal export terminals in our state, and the resulting train traffic this would mean in our communities.
I want responsible agencies to review the impact of:
1. fugitive coal on our air and water quality, especially where trains would pass near places like Commencement Bay.
2. any potential derailments, spills, or combustion events on communities.
3. increased diesel fumes from trains on air and water quality.
4. train delays, with resultant traffic congestion (and the impact of cars idling at train crossings longer than they do now), and increased emergency vehicle response times.
5. increased costs for infrastructure maintenance.
6. quality of life and infrastructure issues on our economy, including tourism, our coveted image as a place of unspoiled natural beauty, and the ability to attract new businesses to the area.
7. noise and the inherent danger of increased rail traffic on both humans and area wildlife.
8. vessel traffic on our marine ecosystems, economic impact on industries dependent on that ecosystem, and any potential spills or other accidents on both of these.
9. compromises that might be necessary if coal traffic were increased to the proposed level -- would any other rail-transportable products be affected, and how would that affect us economically?
I try to make it a point to enjoy the natural beauty that is ours here in Washington every day. It's a source of pride to be able to say I live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, where we take pains to preserve our cherished forests, waterways, and other natural spaces. I hope we will make sustainable choices that will make us competitive in a fast-changing world, not tie us to technologies that are on the way out.