Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002346
Received: 11/19/2013 12:06:51 AM
Commenter: Jacob de Guzman
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 Jacob de Guzman and I am a WWU Environmental Science student. I would like to inform the public that I am currently studying the environmental impact of the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham Washington.
I am very concerned about a variety of factors that will come with the building of the coal terminal in Longview. Firstly, coal is a huge contributor of heavy metal pollution which are incredible harmful to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. Please study the affects that heavy metal pollution will have on the aquatic ecosystems of the columbia river. Also it would be nice to know how this heavy metal pollution will affect recreational and commercial fishing in the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.
Next is human health. Coal is known to cause various health affect such as respiratory, neurological and heart problems. Please study the impacts of coal dust on towns adjacent to the transport and loading of the town.
Next is climate change. Coal is certainly the largest contributor to climate change and according to the IPCC 5th annual report, global greenhouse gas emissions need to be jurastically reduced to mitigate climate change effects such as Super Storm Haiyan.
Finally, a personal note. I spent my whole life growing up on the Columbia River and its a River that is one of a kind. I believe that the proposed coal terminal will more negatively affect our communities economically, socially and environmental much more than it will positively.