Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002630 

Received: 11/8/2013 5:43:00 PM
Commenter: Marybeth Devlin

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:Marybeth Devlin <> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 5:32 PM Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 8, 2013

Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies

Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,

I urge you to analyze the adverse effects of constructing a bulk-export terminal at Longview, Washington, from which coal would be transported by train and by ship throughout the Northwest. Aren't we supposed to be transitioning to clean, renewable energy? Why would we.escalate climate change by facilitating coal export? The burning of coal contributes to global warming, no matter where it is done. The proposed export terminal would lead to the expansion of strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana -- which is bad enough -- and to the continued dependence on coal as an energy source -- which is antithetical to the goal of protecting the planet.

Surely, construction of such a termial would disproportionately impact the local communities through which the coal-traffic would pass. Congestion and noise would increase. The ambient air and local waterways would suffer pollution. Businesses would be adversely affected by the inevitable traffic jams, which could also block emergency responders' route to the rescue.

Over the long term, coal-dust would compromise human health, damage aquatic ecosystems, and ruin fishing areas on the Columbia River. Consider also the potential for train accidents and spills.

Please take a hard look at these foreseeable negative impacts. Each needs to be studied within the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. Then, I urge you to DENY the construction permit.

Thank you.


Marybeth Devlin

Miami, FL 33155-2916