Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002548 

Received: 11/13/2013 11:56:00 PM
Commenter: Sigrid Asmus
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:Sigrid Asmus <essay@nwlink.com> Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:56 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,

In addition to the form letter below, I am writing you personally to express my strongest opposition to the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

If approved, the Millennium Bulk Terminals proposal in Longview would be **the largest permitted coal export terminal in the United States** with plans to export 44 million tons of coal annually.

This is not acceptable.

o This coal would be strip-mined in Wyoming and Montana -- causing environmental damage immediately -- and then be shipped by rail right alongside some of the state's most important waterways and through a wide swath of its vitally important agricultural production areas, and pollute both upland fisheries and the fragile salmon fishery in the Columbia.

o It would bring dangerous and permanent pollution through hundreds of small and large towns throughout the Pacific Northwest, leaving the people of every state crossed by these rail lines -- not the coal companies -- to deal with the expense of pollution-caused medical problems.

o It would change Washington from a state renowned and sought after for its agricultural products -- it produces a third of the fruits and vegetables in the country -- to one where crops, ranches, and vineyards, especially those near the rail system, would easily be permanently degraded by the coal dust off-gased by the coal during transport.

Both the train and boat shipments would place our farms and fisheries at permanent risk: Who wants to consume arsenic and lead with their food?

I strongly object to allowing private coal corporations to damage the value that hundreds of thousands of people have built into our state,and into communities throughout the Northwest.

Specifically, no matter where this coal is burned, it will affect the atmosphere I breathe, and speed the climate change that is making storms like Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan increasingly dangerous.

I do not want coal in Northwest or Southwest Washington; ooal shipments would directly impact my quality of life.

This proposal would also negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. Further, it would damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

The provision of perhaps 200 short term jobs is not an acceptable excuse for the above damages.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you

Sigrid Asmus 4009 24 Ave W Seattle, WA 98199 206-283-1382