Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002146
Received: 11/17/2013 2:07:42 AM
Commenter: Norm Hale
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
The MBTL, in Longview, WA would be supplied by transporting coal mined in the Powder River Basin via rail. Much of the rail lines follow closely up the various headwater rivers and streams of the upper Missouri River watershed and then on down the tributaries of the Columbia River watershed to the main stem of the Columbia River to the lower Columbia. This exposes much of the major river systems of roughly 1/2 of the western and mid western United States to coal deposits and dust from loss off the rail cars (documented) and potentially from derailments (documented and future).
Please study the effects of this coal deposition on the water quality of all the affected watercourses along the current and proposed future rail routes for this coal transport. There could be contamination from heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury) and toxins such as arsenic. Acidification from the sulfur in the coal could affect PH. These effects are not conducive to a healthy aquatic ecosystems nor water quality for the communities of people living along the routes.