Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002298 

Received: 11/18/2013 7:34:51 PM
Commenter: Gay  Wilmerding

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
With respect to the Millenium Bulk Terminal near Longview, consider the long-term, cumulative effects of dirty air, dirty water and dirty soil between the point of origin, Powder River, and the final destinations abroad. Even without catastrophic spills, coal dust, noise, fuel drips and odor are a nuisance to every community and ecosystem along rail and ship corridors. Whether it's cleaning windows or eggs not hatching in bodies of water, the overall impact on life adjacent to coal corridors needs to be mitigated according to NEPA's mandate. Planting living screens of trees and shrubs might be an alternative. The creation of strip parks which the coal companies would be obliged to construct and to maintain, not the public, would reduce noise, catch dust and clean air as well as shield nearby wildlife & human habitats. Privatizing profit of commercial operations from resources in the public domain as degradation increases in communities along the routes is poor planning and poor administration. Calculate the total and effects of 500 pounds of dust lost per railroad car in transit; and, calculate the total amount lost from ships. Calculate attendant loss and damage to adjacent communities and ecosystems. If coal companies make a daily, hourly mess, hold them accountable for cleanup, not the public. Most families can barely afford healthcare much less the added burdens of pollution. The causes are indirect and they are there. Without coal, public health problems, like quality drinking water, asthma and eye irritation to name a few, would not exist. Therefore, you have an obligation to identify and to mitigate indirect effects. If coal companies cannot mitigate such effects for a reasonable cost, it is their choice to proceed in a free market, or to leave coal in the hole. Neither the public nor government agencies, via taxpayers, can afford to subsidize the private, lucrative, fossil-fuel industry in straightened times when Head Start is reduced and one in seven Americans are hungry. Exercise authority to protect our environment. Be ambitious, creative and courageous to protect our future. Thank you.