Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002240 

Received: 11/18/2013 1:45:38 PM
Commenter: Nicolette O'Connor
State: Washington

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
Submission Text
My name is Nicolette O’Connor. I am a homeowner (Vancouver, WA 98661) a recreational kayaker and hiker. Most importantly, I am a retired high school teacher who is passionately concerned about our children’s, children’s children’s quality of life. We do not live in a vacuum. The decisions we make today--especially the Millennium Bulk Terminal's coal export project in Longview, WA--impact not only our quality of life, but the quality of life for future generations. I respectfully request that the Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies to do a broad review of the impacts of exporting coal through the region and through Longview. I request that the environmental review study the health impacts of the inhalation of coal dust. People all along the train route will inhale coal dust from the trains. Coal dust contains toxic metals and has respiratory health effects. A study needs to conducted that will extrapolate the increased health costs that will be incurred by the people and the communities at the extraction site and the terminal site as well as in all the communities the along the train routes. Additionally, coal dust from coal trains and terminal operations will be deposited in adjacent farmland. The Columbia River Gorge will be impacted by coal dust. The coal dust will impact not only soil quality but will settle on trees and fruit affecting crop quality and yield. It is my request that the committee contact the agriculture businesses listed below and ask them how the proposed coal terminal and its numerous coal trains will affect their quality of life, their crops and livelihood. Memaloose Wines 34 State St, Lyle, WA 98635 (360) 635-2887 Jacob Williams Winery Avery Rd Wishram, WA 98673 (541) 645-0462 Maryhill Winery 9774 Washington Hwy 14 Goldendale, WA 98620 (877) 627-9445 Maryhill Orchards and Vineyard 65 Maryhill Hwy, Goldenday, WA 98620 (509) 773-3265 The Columbia River Gorge (on both sides of the river) is rich agricultural land and home to growing international tourism. It is my sincere request that every member of the council take the time to visit the Columbia River Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is a National Treasure whose boundaries need our respect and protection. Thank you for your time and thank you (in advance) for visiting the Columbia River Gorge. Once you lay eyes upon her majestic vistas you will come to understand how preserving this National Treasure is in our state’s best interest.