Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002325 

Received: 11/18/2013 9:23:01 PM
Commenter: Dena Jensen
Organization: 
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
My name is Dena Jensen and I am a proud resident of the Pacific Northwest with its presently abundant and awe inspiring natural bounty. Thus, the historical and still current dirty, harmful and dangerous reputation of coal transport and storage is heavy on my mind against the backdrop of costly efforts to repair other damages already suffered through man-made mistakes in maintaining the natural gifts of our area. Numerous train derailments reported in the press attributed to coal, health issues from asthma to heart disease that have severely alarmed our local doctors to a nearly unprecedented degree, and complaints in local papers and online forums by deeply frustrated residents of nearby communities close to another, yet radically smaller, coal terminal who are dealing with coal dust on their residences, boats, businesses and in their water remain in the news and do not allow the promises of railroad, coal, and export companies to ring true. Please study (if any) examples of coal terminals/terminal and storage facilities/facility that exist/exists and have/has been operating for the last five years where it can be ascertained that the involved coal and railroad companies for the Millennium Bulk Terminal and coal storage facility, their business contracts, and enforcement agencies in the studied example communities have successfully provided a detailed, definitive, and measurable level of protection against the degradation and dangers directly related to coal that other communities both distant and local have historically, most painfully endured and are continuing to suffer up to this very moment. Nothing short of the existence of a significant number of current verifiably ethical and non-threatening business operations and respectful relationships with the surrounding communities to these operations should be acceptable in considering the possibility of admitting the Millennium Bulk Terminal and coal storage facility into Longview, WA.