Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002269
Received: 11/18/2013 4:44:52 PM
Commenter: NO COAL
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
Due to the role of the Longview Terminal project in contributing to the success of a larger scheme to expand the extraction and transport of United States coal reserves to Asia in conjunction with the expansion of coal-fired power plants throughout Asia, it is essential that the impact of the terminal locally as well as regionally and globally is studied, and to do so in terms of cumulative impact from the mining, transport, cumulative shipping from the 5 proposed ports to the burning of the coal in overseas power plants and the impact on climate change.
The potential adverse impacts from the construction and operation of the Longview itself cannot be considered in isolation from the four other proposed terminals throughout the region to serve the same purpose, from the adverse impacts of expanding mining operations in the Powder River Basin, from adverse impacts of expanding and increasing rail traffic throughout the West, from the adverse impacts related increased marine vessel traffic, and finally, from the cumulative impact of on worsening climate change.
Please consider the potential adverse human health impacts of Longview Terminal including the Powder River region where the coal is mined, the rail and marine transportation corridor.
Please study the direct impacts of coal dust on human health by studying the effects of coal dust on the air, soil and water quality during coal extraction, storage, transport, and the loading and unloading process.
Please study the impact of mercury contamination from coal dust and the effects of mercury-contaminated water as it relates to Washington state drinking water supply, local marine food sources, the terrestrial environment immediately surrounding the Longview coal storage site. Please specifically study the direct impact of coal dust contamination at the Longview site on the marine environment
As the Columbia River is well-known for it's substantial and persistent winds, please consider the effects of wind events to determine the potential range of contamination and use historical wind events when determining the range. Please study the effects of mercury contamination from coal dust on the health of the soil and the indirect impact on human health for those living along the entire transport corridor from the mining source to the destination Longview. Please study cumulative impact on the air quality locally (immediate and delayed from blowback from China) and global with contribution to climate change.
Please also study the adverse impacts related to water used to spray down the coal trains and coal piles. Where will this water come from and what is the plan for sequestration? How will this impact the surrounding terrestrial environment? How will this contaminated water effect bird and mammals in the immediate area. I am a birder and the health of bird populations, both resident and migratory, are essential to my sense of place here in Whatcom County.
Please consider the impact on commercial and sport fisheries including salmon and herring fishing. Please consider the potential adverse impacts on endangered salmon runs on the Columbia. Please determine the potential numbers of jobs that will be lost related to decreased populations of commercial fish. Please consider the cumulative impact of decreased recreational and commercial fishing opportunities as well as decreased whale-watching and cruising tourism in determining the potential cost in lost jobs by construction and operation of the Longview terminal.
Please study the potential adverse marine impacts that may result from a vessel collision or accident.
Also recall the adverse impact of the recent Cape Apricot accident at the Vancouver Westshore Terminal that occurred December 7, 2012.
This is a moment when profit must not exceed your own basic reason, your own sense points that this is purely about profit and not our collective good benefiting. We will pay the price for our choices, if not us, our children.