Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002556 

Received: 11/15/2013 8:12:00 PM
Commenter: Barbara Bate
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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:Barbara Bate <bategofish@gmail.com> Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 8:12 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments re Millennium EIS

To the planners of the Environmental Impact Statement re Millennium Bulk Terminals:

As a 70 year old coastal Washington citizen who has lived in OH, PA, IL, NJ, CT, TN, OR, and WA, I have experienced over many decades the ways that coal has damaged people: mine workers, low-income urban families, children with asthma, and others who live in areas impacted by coal-based pollution. I've concluded that the proposed coal export terminal is the wrong idea for us, and for anyone who wants to live in relatively clean and sustainable communities.

I am appalled to read and hear the slick promotions in behalf of coal-based futures, ignoring the increased air, water, and agricultural pollution in our region. I know these are facts, because I've spent years in and near Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Newark, Chicago, and even Nashville. You can't be tricked about pollution when you have driven or flown into any of these cities and seen their grey-green-brown local clouds.

As a person of faith, I am sickened to find the wealthy promoters of this environmental Trojan Horse selling the project as bringing jobs to states like Washington and Montana, while the truth is they are foreseeing huge profits from coal exports to the Far East and China. China's urban pollution levels are dangerously high. They're even higher than our own. Should I not care that "they" will be buying a product that will make their own people sick?

I remember when cigarette ads were similarly targeted years ago to Asian youth, in the expectation that many would get hooked on a known cancer-causing product. The US market had gone sour due to our own still-limited regulations. Supposedly "they" were not on our radar screen, and not our concern. It was immoral then, and it is now.

There is no longer a 'we' and 'they' when it comes to pollution, climate change, super storms, and survival. I have family in Canada and the Philippines, and friends in Mexico, Zimbabwe and Hawaii. Increasingly that range of relationships is not unusual.

I count on you and your colleagues to analyze the Millennium Bulk Terminals' environmental impact in all its dimensions, social, economic, physical, and even spiritual. Please do not let the propaganda machine make us forget who we are. Thank you.

B.A.Bate, PhD 24908 Park Avenue Ocean Park WA 98640 bategofish@gmail.com