Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002244 

Received: 11/18/2013 2:06:25 PM
Commenter: Mark  Gamba
Organization: Milwaukie City Council
State: Oregon

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
Re: Scoping Comments for the Millennium Bulk Terminal Longview Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) **Part 2 of 2** Continued from previous comment ** To: Washington Department of Ecology, US Army Corps of Engineers, Cowlitz County Commission [The following action sections of Resolution 55-2012 underscore our concerns:] Section 4. The City fully supports Governor John Kitzhaber's request that a federal agency prepare a programmatic and comprehensive environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act to look at the unprecedented number of coal export proposals pending in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the potential effects in this country of the use of coal in Asia. Now is the time for a programmatic EIS, before substantial and irreversible commitments of resources are made. Section 5. The City of Milwaukie joins the call for review of a comprehensive independent Health Impact Assessment before any permits are approved for any proposed coal export project. Therefore, we call upon you to analyze, examine alternatives, and outline proposed mitigation for all potential negative impacts listed in resolution language above. This should include, but not be limited to questions we consider to be critical for communities located along the transportation corridor: 1) How do coal exports align with local, state, and federal sustainability plans and vision? 2) How many and which neighborhoods will the trains pass through? 3) Roughly how many people live in these affected neighborhoods? 4) How many schools will the trains pass? 5) How many commercial districts will the trains pass through? 6) How many and where are the at-grade crossings? 7) Are the crossing located near hospitals, police stations, fire departments? 8) Are there any at grade crossings that currently create traffic bottlenecks? 9) Do any of these communities have a prior history of air quality issues in the past? 10) What impacts will coal dust have on municipal water quality, especially if water source is groundwater? 11) What impacts will coal trains have on residential and commercial property values and tax base? 12) How will the anticipated delays during train crossings impact transit between key city locations? We call upon the Army Corps to prepare a programmatic and comprehensive environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act to look at the unprecedented number of coal export proposals pending in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the potential effects in this country of the use of coal in Asia. We call upon the co-leads to review a comprehensive independent Health Impact Assessment before any permits are approved for the proposed Millennium project. Thank you for your consideration of these comments. Sincerely, Councilor Mark Gamba on behalf of the Milwaukie City Council