Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002586 

Received: 11/14/2013 10:38:00 PM
Commenter: Bill Burwell

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:Bill Burwell <> Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:20 PM Subject:Longview Coal Terminal

Dear Commissioners of Cowlitz County, US Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Ecology,

100 years after Ferdinand Magellan's crew circumnavigated the earth, 125 years after land surveyors had accurately calculated the diameter of the earth and Columbus completed voyages to the New World, the conservatives still believed the world was flat. The ship's logs had been widely publish, crew members toured Europe giving speeches and interviews and the newspapers and books had published the findings and confirmation of a round earth.

Today, some 30 years after our CO2 emissions were clearly tied to the global warming and data widely published, the conservatives do not believe the emissions drive the warming of the earth. Ignorance connecting cause and effect may be genetic in some people. The proposed coal port in Longview, Washington, speaks to our ignorance in warming the earth.

The Boardman coal fired electrical generating plant, in Oregon, has been operating since the early 1980s on the same Wyoming and Montana coal proposed to be shipped out of Longview. The Columbia River, down wind of the Boardman Coal Plant, has been recently found seriously contaminated with mercury. The toxic metal causes birth defects, lowers intelligence in children and affects neurological development. The Boardman mercury contamination has resulted in the State of Oregon recommending that pregnant women and children not eat the resident fish in the Columbia downwind of Boardman and others limit consumption to two small servings a week.

The proposed mile long coal trains delivering coal to Longview will disrupt communities along the way being a threat to public safety and welfare. The trains block roads going to and returning from Longview restricting fire, police and ambulance emergency operation and interfere with use of the road systems for motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrian. The coal trains have uncovered loads, which results in coal dust discharges into the communities and environments along the way. My wife's grandfather was a miner and died of "miner's consumption", in his late 40's, from the dust. Bad stuff.

It is time to say no to big coal and the proposed Longview coal terminal. The coal proposal harms our planet and harms our people.


Henry William Burwell 2379 NW 6th Street Bend, OR 97701