Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002625
Received: 11/11/2013 3:06:00 PM
Commenter: Mary Deaton
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
From:Mary Deaton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, November 11, 2013 3:06 PM To:email@example.com Subject:A new coal terminal is bad for Washington, China, and the world.
As you are scoping the environmental impact statement for the proposed Longview coal terminal to be built by Millennium Bulk, it is vital that you propose a broad, comprehensive EIS that considers not only the local impact of the terminal, but the environmental impact for the coal mining areas, the routes the coal trains will take through Western states, the towns, communities, and cities the coal trains will pass through, the ocean, across which ships will carry the coal, and the impact on China or other Asian countries who buy the coal.
Burning coal to produce electricity is one of the major contributors to global climate change. Regardless of what the coal industry says, there is no such thing as clean coal. Even the Chinese government has suggested they will stop building coal fired electricity plants and focus on more sustainable means of energy production. In large Chinese cities, the pollution coming from coal- fired plants and electrical generators are causing huge negative impacts on business and residents. Children are getting increased instances of asthma and many mothers are afraid to let their children even go out of the house. Does the American coal industry realize that selling this coal to anyone, now, is extremely short- sighted? Sure they can make lots of money in the short-term, but in the long-term, our nation and the world suffers from their greed. I do not want more coal trains going through my town, Mt. Vernon, Washington. My opposition is not based just on noise or traffic disruption, but on the broader and more lethal long-term damage that can be done to our climate by continuing to mine, transport, and burn coal.
The scope of the review (a broad, comprehensive EIS) must include all of the cumulative impacts on water, soil, air, climate, communities, farms, existing and future local businesses, fish and wildlife, and any other possible impact resulting from mining the Powder River Basin coal to burning the coal in Asian power plants.
Mary Deaton 215 East Highland Ave. Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Phone: 206 323-0701