Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002617 

Received: 11/9/2013 10:26:00 AM
Commenter: Martha Dahlinger
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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:Martha Dahlinger <marthadahlinger@att.net> Sent:Saturday, November 09, 2013 10:26 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 9, 2013

Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies

Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA that would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

This proposal would hurt or harm communities by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

The U.N. Weather Agency just released a report that states, based on current rates of use the world's carbon dioxide level is expected to cross the 400 ppm threshold by 2016. This level has already been reached at some individual measurement stations in 2012 and 2013. The Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is headquartered at the organization, says starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war, and disease are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change. So why is the U.S. Army core of Engineers and the WA Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County advocating for transport terminals to export coal? What is the disconnect? Do they think they can escape these consequences because the coal will be shipped somewhere else to burn?

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. As current rules and regulations are written I suspect some of these impacts will be outside the realm of your perimeter for consideration, but try anyway. The impacts are not going to wait for the rules and regulations to catch-up with the needs for consideration.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Martha Dahlinger

Portage, MI 49024-6634