Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002611 

Received: 11/18/2013 12:53:00 AM
Commenter: Peter Cornelison
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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:Peter Cornelison <peterc@gorge.net> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 12:44 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Ag study needed re: Longview Coal Terminal scoping

Dear Sirs/Ms.

In your scoping process for the proposed Longview coal export terminal please study the effects of coal dust and diesel emissions on the agriculture of the areas that the coal trains pass by. As you are aware a great deal of coal dust and debris can come off passing trains. It has accumulated to a depth of 4 to 5 inches in places in the Columbia Gorge.

Coal dust and diesel particulate raining down on certain crops, especially grapes which are not washed prior to processing, causes great concern in the Columbia River Gorge where many vineyards are located close to the BNSF railroad tracks.

Other local crops such as blueberries, apples, pears and peaches may also be impacted. This subject needs study before a decision is reached about this project.

If you need help identifying local vineyards or orchardists close to the tracks in the Columbia Gorge please feel free to contact me.

Peter Cornelison 1003 5th St. Hood River, OR 541-490-8473 peterc@gorge.net