Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002201
Received: 11/17/2013 10:19:41 PM
Commenter: Mark Leed
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
Please include the following impacts in the scope for this project:
1) emissions of coal dust and debris from trains onto both land and waterways, from loading points in Montana and Wyoming to the proposed terminal, especially their impacts on migratory fish, tribal fishing grounds, and the health of individuals residing in the rail corridor. Address the potential Clean Water Act violations of coal debris going directly from train cars into the Columbia River and other waterways adjacent to the railroad. Address the impact of coal debris on agriculture in the rail corridor. Determine whether coal debris emissions violate treaties between the U.S. Government and tribes. Study impacts of coal pollution on disadvantaged and immigrant communities that rely on fish from the Columbia River for food.
2)impacts on local traffic flow all along the rail corridor, especially on emergency services. Study the increases in automotive emissions from vehicles waiting to cross train tracks, and the effects of increased noise and increased locomotive emissions on livability and real estate values in rail route communities.
3) impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, heavy metal pollution and ocean acidification caused by burning the coal once it has been exported. Include the effects of this pollution on the health of United States lakes, streams, and marine ecosystems.
4)Address the cumulative impacts of the this project, the proposed Cherry Point export terminal in Whatcom County, Oregon's Morrow-Pacific proposal, and Tesoro Savage's proposed oil shipping facility in Vancouver, Washington.
5) Require a Comprehensive Health Assessment to be completed as part of the project's draft EIS.