Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002225
Received: 11/18/2013 10:29:08 AM
Commenter: Gregg Peterson
Organization: Citizen (No state or industry connection)
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 have heard much discussion as to the pro's and con's of this project. I have to say having grown up in the 60's and 70's along the rail lines of South King County between Black Diamond and Auburn, I witnessed no coal contaminated ground along side tracks around creeks and frequently fished under and beside the tracks.
I also spend upwards of 15 years in the fire service as a volunteer and 32 years professionally working along those same rail lines that have probably operated since the 1920's with no dust abatement procedures. Never once did I encounter a fire due to coal dust. Fires along side tracks were caused by brakes and bearing failures. I was in fact amused and slightly disturbed as I listened to firefighters stating thee would be fires from coal along side tracks. I consider the idea of coal dust fires to be ridiculous and not worthy of discussion.
It is my belief that this terminal operation would have little if any significant impact on the corridor used to transport coal beyond road and rail crossings. I understand that a plan has been developed to mitigate these situations to a great extent. I believe the benefit of the operation would outweigh the traffic inconvenience.
My understanding of the environmental impact process is that it has taken a turn toward world wide impact of coal burning. If in fact it is true that we must weigh those "worldwide" factors then I assume in the future we will see studies by the state deciding whether Boeing building jets to transport people to Cancun for their amusement is justifiable. Perhaps Microsoft being allowed by the state to sell a new operating system that requires us to upgrade our computers that are made overseas with power produced by burning dirty coal.
Thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinions here.