Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002198
Received: 11/17/2013 9:00:55 PM
Commenter: Clarissa Mansfield
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
Coal export at the proposed MBL project will affect people and places far beyond the immediate construction zone. I am concerned that every community located along the rail line between the coal mines and Longview will be harmed, and people outside Washington will be affected by the climate impacts of mining, transporting, and ultimately burning this coal. I am asking that the EIS analyze the impacts of construction and operations at and near the terminal, but also that it analyzes the impacts of coal trains and coal use on a much broader scale. This includes the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of coal export on public health, public safety, economics,
marine health, public investment, and climate change.
I am asking that the EIS examine the full direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the proposed MBL project from the mining of the coal in the Powder River Basin, the transport of coal by rail through several states and hundreds of communities, the loading and shipping of coal via large ocean vessels, to the to the burning of the coal in Asia and the disposal of coal combustion waste after it is burned.
Thank you for this opportunity to submit my comment.