Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002192
Received: 11/17/2013 8:33:31 PM
Commenter: Sandy Robson
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 live in Birch Bay, WA and I am very concerned about the proposed Millennium Bulk terminal which would handle and export 44 million tons of coal. First, I was appalled when I read about the Millennium Bulk's initial permit application initially submitted a couple years ago in which Millennium Bulk lied about how many millions of tons the company was actually planning on handling and exporting from its coal terminal. In the permit application Millennium stated they would be looking to export a capacity of 5 million tons. Cowlitz County did not require an EIS (which I believe was wrong of the county), because they said this amount would not be significant, and granted a permit for Millennium Bulk. Then in 2011 it was discovered in internal email communications (Millennium and Ambre Energy) that Millennium had misled the county permitting authorities of its intentions, and actually was planning to handle and ship up to 60 million tons of coal at Millennium Bulk. The link to a news article about this in the Longview daily news is: http://tdn.com/news/local/group-claims-millennium-misrepresented-scope-of-coal-project/article_e892c86a-393b-11e0-ba50-001cc4c002e0.html
I believe because of this grand deception perpetrated by Millennium Bulk that it should not have even been allowed, after withdrawing its application, to re-file a revised permit application after a short wait period. The permit applicant, Millennium should have not been allowwed to submit a revised permit application until many years later. Where is the penalty for lying/misleading Cowlitz County? Millennium only received a slap on the wrist and then went on, business as usual.
I am concerned about the serious degradation to the area to be used for the proposed Millennium Bulk Coal terminal, and the surrounding communities and areas, will not be sufficieantly mitigated. I believe that it will be impossible to mitigate the reasonably foreseeable serious harmful impacts that will occur from the proposed 44 million ton coal termional. There are endangered and threatened species in close proximity to the coal terminal in Longview. Some of those species are salmon and orcas which are already in peril. The likely pollution that will enter the water around the coal terminal from terminal operations due to coal dust that is impossible to entirley mitigate, and the large increase in vessel traffic of very large Panamax and Cape size vessels will have serious adverse affects on those species and others. I ask that there be in depth studies of this issue for all endangered and threatened species and also that there be a new survey conducted to determine what species in the area at the terminal site and surrounding areas, and that survey should not be conducted as it has so far been in the preliminary permit application and project information, by consultants chosen by the terminal applicant. It needs to be done by objective 3rd parties.
Also it is my understanding that the original area determined to be the designated area in which the endangered and threatened species would need to be looked at, studied, has since been shrunken down to a smaller area. If that is the case, that is unacceptable.
I would like these issues I've reaised here to be studied carefully and considered carefully.
Birch Bay, WA