Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002574 

Received: 11/18/2013 4:55:00 PM
Commenter: John Boyman
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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
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
From:John Boyman <p57931@mac.com> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 4:55 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Nov 18, 2013

US Army Corps of Engineers, Cowlitz County, Washington Department of Ecology WA

Dear Washington Department of Ecology,

Please accept these scoping comments for the environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBTL) proposal for Longview, WA.

I have deep concerns regarding the cumulative negative effects over time that would likely come from the acceptance of these three proposals. In addition to coal there are are also shipments of oil and dangerous chemicals. Accidents with any of these cargoes can seriously degrade the Columbia River Gorge and other areas.

There is the potential to have a serious negative impact on the health of people who live in the routes these trains travel. In addition to the heartache for those affected this will likely add significant increased expenses for healthcare. Also, if the proposal is accepted, I believe this will inevitably encourage a demand to increase such shipments over time.

The protection of the Gorge as a national treasure is vital. To degrade it in the interest of fueling polluting industries in countries like China means a double negative impact on our world -- in the Columbia River Gorge and in other countries.

I understand the Corps of Engineers plays a key role in the decision process regarding the proposal. I implore them to hold off any decisions on permits until an area wide environment impact study is completed on the impact of the three coal export proposals in the the Pacific Northwest is completed.

It is hard to stand up to the powerful interests who are promoting these proposals. I am strongly against them.

Thank you.

John Boyman PO Box 912, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Sincerely,

Mr. John Boyman PO Box 912 Lake Oswego, OR 97034-0145 (503) 860-8657