Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002547 

Received: 11/9/2013 4:26:00 PM
Commenter: George Aros

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
From:George Aros <> Sent:Saturday, November 09, 2013 4:27 PM Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 9, 2013

Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies

Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,

I would imagine that none of you have experienced Appalachian life and I am certain that the applicants are too busy pushing the "clean coal", "black diamonds", and "Obama's war on coal" blather, to include the negative impacts of what they propose. As someone who has lived with the day-to-day reality of coal, I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA that would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. Unless you have lived in the cloud of filth that coats everything in the surrounds where coal is transported, handled, and stored, you cannot appreciate the true cost of coal. Unless you have lived in a community where coal trains pass every twenty minutes, 24/7 on average you don't really know what it takes to feed a terminal.

Unless you have lived with the chronic cough and runny nose amid clusters of neighbors with unusual and aggressive cancers, whose children excel in learning disabilities, you don't think about the lead and mercury in the pervasive black dust. When you live by a river (the Big Sandy) in which you dare not swim and whose fish you cannot eat, you begin to suspect the rain that washes the constant dust off your vegetable garden and the constant spray keeping the dust down on the coal piles, and are those vegetables really safe to eat? Will Washington's legendary apples be if this is built? Do you think the carpetbagging coal wheeler-dealers care? The water runoff carries the dust which contaminates the water which flows into the river (24/7) and leeches into the soil and on, into the ground water and into people's wells. One also wonders about the safety of the meat and eggs of livestock grazing off coal- dusted fodder. Is milk from those cows one of the contributors to learning disabilities?

This proposal, if passed, would harm: residents by increasing risk of cancer, children by increased risk for asthma and learning disabilities, adults by increased risk for COPD, communities by increased congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, pollute air and local waterways, harm existing businesses, and delay emergency responders with multiple daily mile-long trains. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River as coal has damaged our Big Sandy, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana benefitting the coal producers while exploiting the nation's natural resources for the benefit of OTHER nations, which will burn the dirty stuff without restriction and escalate climate change.

This is the truth of what is actually on the table. Your choice could spare the people there what we suffer here, or it could be the first step in the creation of Neo-Appalachia. I urge you to include these omitted impacts in the scope of the rosy, bowdlerized Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you.


George Aros

LOUISA, KY 41230-1385