Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002276
Received: 11/18/2013 5:19:36 PM
Commenter: Stephen Harvey
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 lived in Washington State all my life and I would like to have the Salish Sea as a sustainable food source. According to the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, more than 30% of Puget Sound’s marine species are shell builders. As Pacific Northwest oyster larvae hatcheries have already seen, Ocean acidification is here, it can cause damage, and it will only get worse. How worse it gets depends on our actions taken to reduce CO2 emissions locally, regionally, and globally. The Blue Ribbon panel’s report, Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action states “Emissions of carbon dioxide must be significantly reduced to prevent irreversible harm to marine organisms and coastal ecosystems.” Their number one recommendation is to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. I ask the Environmental Impact Statement to look at the impact on global and regional ocean acidification from CO2 emissions that are produced from mining, transporting, and burning 44 million metric tons annually for the lifetime of the proposed terminal. According to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s Scientific summary (1), other acid gases (e.g., NOX and SOX) are released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels and increase CO2-derived acidification. I ask the EIS look at these acid emissions from ship that transport coal and take them into account when considering the impacts on ocean acidification.
(1) Scientific Summary of Ocean Acidification in Washington State Marine Waters. Pg 14. November 2012.