Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002369
Received: 11/19/2013 2:55:23 AM
Commenter: Sandy Robson
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
I am extremely concerned about the amount of water that will need to be used at the proposed Millennium Bulk Coal terminal at Longview. The Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point wanting to handle and export 48 million tons of coal per year would use up to 5.33 million gallons of water per day, so I can only assume that the amount of water that will be used at Millennium Bulk which wants to handle and export 44 million tons of coal yearly will be very close to the water use at GPT.
This water will be sprayed on to very large coal piles to keep them from spontaneously combusting and to try to minimize the coal dust at the terminal. Our state's water supply is already suffering in many areas and I can thiunk of no other more wasteful use of our most precious resource, water, desperately needed by all of us to survive.
The permit application for MBTL does not talk about water at all. It does not name the source and the quantity of water to be used. I called Cowlitz County and the City of Longview, and talked to numerous people and they do not know amswers to these questions. I also asked the DOE and I was told this is a question that should be asked in the EIS as a scoping comment. I disagree. I think this question about the water source and how much water should have been stated in the permit application. The permit application is very thin, and lacking important information. I believe for a 44M ton coal terminal there should have to be a lot of detailed information in the permit application. It is unfair to the public to have so little.
I ask that the water source water use be studied and considered carefully. Including how the potential contamination of that water after it is used may affect the drinking source well water for the public.
I also question that George Raiter who was a former Cowlitz County Commissioner and who spoke out publicly in favor of the Millennium Bulk Coal Terminal has been used as a consultant by the County Planning Department, a co-lead agency for the EIS. He has been very involved in the EIS process for this EIS on the agency side, yet he is a proponent of the project which seems to be a conflict of interest as the agencies are supposed to be objective. I ask that this matter be investigated.
Birch Bay, WA