Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002344
Received: 11/18/2013 11:58:20 PM
Commenter: Timothy Knopf
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
My name is Timothy Knopf, and I live in Everett, Washington.
I request that the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Millennium Bulk Coal Export Terminal in Longview, Washington be expanded to closely examine the following areas of potential danger to my home state of Washington:
1. The negative effects on human health due to air pollution from coal dust lost during shipment across Washington State in open-topped rail cars. I am concerned about the effects of coal dust pollution on the property of citizens along the rail transport route as well as on wildlife and vegetation and bodies of water crossed by or near the rail line, most importantly, the Columbia River.
2. The negative effects on human safety and commerce caused by the increased delay of traffic, including fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles at grade level crossings between the coal trains' point of origin in Wyoming and the terminal in Longview, Washington, due to increased rail traffic serving the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals.
3. The environmental danger to the fragile environment of the Columbia River waterway between Longview and the river's mouth resulting from the possible collisions or groundings due to increased shipping congestion caused by huge bulk cargo ships hauling coal from the Millennium Bulk Terminals to the Asian market.
4. The potential environmental damage to Washington State and the human health risks posed to Washington State residents from the additional thousands of tons of toxic chemicals and particulates released by the burning of Wyoming coal in Asian power plants. Prevailing winds across the Pacific Ocean already push thousands of tons of contaminants—including mercury, sulfates, ozone, carbon, and dust from Central Asia—over the Pacific Ocean each year. These contaminants are already implicated in a long list of health problems, including neurodegenerative disease. When wind and weather conditions are right, they reach North America within days. Wouldn't the export of millions of tons of coal from the Millennium Bulk Terminals to Asian power plants further exacerbate this situation?
I most sincerely ask that each of these potentially serious environmental consequences be examined within the Environmental Impact Statement for the Millennium Bulk Coal Export Terminal in Longview, Washington.