Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002257 

Received: 11/18/2013 4:01:04 PM
Commenter: Karen Jones
Organization: Beyond Coal
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
Stepping Backward: An Issue of Stewardship As we consider our economic development here in the NW, we must look at the full impact of our choices. We can choose industries that support our planet or ones that destroy it. Right now our planet is on the brink of destruction. The process has already begun. (This morning mainstream TV news station weather reporter talked about the impact of climate change on WA coastal towns—a taboo subject even months ago). So it is astounding that we are even talking about augmenting the process of global destruction with a coal export facility. Every step of the way we are destroying our land and the planet in the process—from the Powder River Basin, through the valleys and along the Columbia River where dirty coal will pass, then to Longview where piles of coal 8 stories high with their contaminants will coat buildings and everyone’s lungs. In China the coal will continue to poison and kill. Only to return to US where it will acidify our oceans and our lands; kill marine life and poison us with contaminants. Yes, a full environmental impact analysis is required; nothing less. We are told this is for jobs. Yes, this facility that is transporting poisonous commodities will create approximately 135 permanent jobs and 1,000 or so temporary construction jobs. So the entire ecosystem and economic mainstays will pay-- with their health, with poisoned farmlands; poisoned air and water—no more organic farms along the Columbia gorge, shellfish industry gone, fishing in the Columbia jeopardized. As uncovered 1-1½ mile trains thunder through the gorge. Yes, you must fully examine the economic and health costs of this proposal; and it will come up costing lives and jobs. I am a Vancouver homeowner and my daughter and her family are homeowners in Washougal. Their home is 1½ blocks from the BNSF railway. They and thousands of families will be negatively impacted—their health, property values, emergency services, quality of life—all threatened. Port commissioners have a duty to seek out economic growth, but it must be a sustainable and a productive investment of our tax dollars. The Longview proposal is neither. A full scoping study that includes all environmental, economic and health impacts communities along the proposed coal train route is essential before on. The EIS scoping must consider the total impact-- beginning with the destruction of the Powder River Basin, through the Columbia Gorge and other national scenic refuges into Longview and the waters of the Columbia. There are other choices. Better for our communities, safer for the world. References: 1. [PDF]Air Pollution Threatens the Health ofChildren in China by A Millman - ?2008 2. Air Pollution in China: The Kids Aren't Alright | The Energy Collective 3. Undermining the Climate & The Powder River, a Root Contributor to Global Warming 4. EarthFix Conversations: Coal Coming Through A Community Near ...