Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002591 

Received: 11/17/2013 6:01:00 PM
Commenter: Carol Carver
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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:Carol Carver and George Exum <carver.exum@gmail.com> Sent:Sunday, November 17, 2013 6:01 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium scoping comment

To Whom This Concerns,

My husband and I are opposed to the use of coal as fuel, which even with the "cleanest" coal contributes to atmospheric mercury and many other pollutants. We urge close attention with an informed attitude of taking precautions. In face of an industry attitude that damage must be proven before change is undertaken, our country may offer up a generation of children who are less intelligent and indeed less able to plan for or demand protection as a result of the chemical insults they have sustained in their earliest lives. The first studies that proved mercury toxic to developing brains were done in 1972. Dr. Philippe Grandjean, chair of environmental medicine at the University of Southern Denmark has spent his career studying how environmental chemicals affect children's brain development. His studies contributed to a United Nations agreement to control mercury pollution. Grandjean is an intellectual heavyweight who has written 500 scientific papers and has recently authored the book, Only One Chance: How Environmental Pollution Impairs Brain Development-and How to Protect the Brains of the Next Generation. Dr. Grandjean's overarching concern should be shared by all of us, and if it were we would be in agreement not to add any more mercury to the atmosphere that will find its way across the Pacific, into our food chain, and into our country's unborn and newborn babies. Grandjean emphasizes that we have learned that "the brain is extremely vulnerable, especially during its development in the womb and during infancy." He is most concerned that what he calls the "chemical brain drain" is underway and is already impacting the young in our society in their future abilities.

Sincerely, Carol Carver RN, MSN 541 W Birnie Slough Rd Cathlamet, WA 98612