Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002362 

Received: 11/19/2013 1:51:23 AM
Commenter: Daryl Berg
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
I have been a resident of Longview for thirteen years. I believe the plan to build a bulk coal terminal in our city is shortsighted. The main arguments for building this terminal are 125 jobs and 2000 temporary construction jobs. There is no quarantee of 125 jobs and the 2000 construction jobs will soon be gone. We then are left to deal with 1) the conseqences of traffic delays from long coal trains entering and leaving our city 2) health issues related to coal dust in our air and rivers and the exhaust from BNSF engines and ships waiting to load coal and then navigating the Columbia river. If this coal terminal receives permits to begin construction, a few years from now when we come to the realization that we have made a mistake, it will be too late to retreat. There will be nothing we can do. The only way the operation will shut down is when Millennium decides to leave town. I wonder what they would leave behind.