Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002610 

Received: 11/18/2013 8:50:00 PM
Commenter: David Cordero
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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:David and Ann Cordero <corderoa@teleport.com> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 8:47 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 the Millenium Bulk coal export terminal in Longview, WA where I reside. The proposed coal terminal would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest and across the Pacific Ocean, which is often not very pacific.

I have personal and professional reasons for opposing the Millenium Bulk coal terminal in Longview, Washington.

I am a resident of Longview and, like many others here, I presently suffer from asthma. On a visit to London the burning of coal very likely triggered my asthma. If this area is subjected to toxic particulates blowing into Longview from the coal terminal it would be likely that many residents, myself included, would find the air quality to be so poor that it would be hazardous to live here. Asthma can worsen as a result of very small changes in the air quality.

I have also experienced a shutdown of a major transportation route in Longview which resulted in difficulty leaving the city by any route. This was dramatic enough that it illustrated how traffic tie-ups from long coal trains could paralyze our community, jeopardizing emergency response, business, and personal schedules. Our infrastructure is not designed to accommodate 16-18 trains daily of extraordinary length.

I teach Earth Science at Lower Columbia College and I believe the worst impact of the proposed coal terminals in the Northwest would be the effect of the burning and transporting of 44 million tons of coal per year on the global climate. Climate change is a major concern to all nations and the burning of so much coal in Asia would have repercussions here and throughout the world. The recent typhoon in the Philippines is only one example of the extreme weather global warming is very likely producing. Furthermore, this coal could not be burned without emissions of mercury and other toxic ingredients. The mining and transportation of this coal would cause pollution of railway routes and waterways, including the Columbia River, as well as the atmosphere, and the energy needed to carry the coal would also be a contributor to climate change.

I realize that our community is in need of jobs, but I believe that the above mentioned hazards would make the coal terminal an unwise choice. As a deep water port Longview could use this site to support less polluting enterprises that may bring more jobs than the coal terminal would bring. It is also a severe economic risk to rely on Ambre Energy to create jobs here when its financial situation is presently poor.

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

Thank you, David Cordero 2814 Lilac Street Longview, WA 98632