Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002560 

Received: 11/8/2013 8:22:00 PM
Commenter: Mary Belknap
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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:Mary Belknap <marybelknap@gmail.com> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 8:03 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,

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

This proposal would 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. It would also 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.

As a Health Educator, I'm also very concerned about the health impacts (eg, escalating asthma rates) that are associated with coal-dust both during its mining and transport; and the air pollution from its site of burning that returns in the jet-stream to U.S. West Coast.

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

Thank you

Mary Belknap PO Box 2285 Vashon Island, WA 98070