Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002631 

Received: 11/6/2013 5:05:00 PM
Commenter: Norm Dick
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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:Norm C. Dick <dick@walstead.com> Sent:Wednesday, November 06, 2013 4:05 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium coal terminal environmental impact

Thank you for the opportunity to voice my concerns on the coal terminal. I am 57 years of age, an attorney for 30 years and have lived in Kelso/Longview most all of my life. It is clear to me that the modest direct economic benefit the coal terminal might have to this community and the State of Washington as a whole, is far outweighed by the negative affects to the environment and the communities all along the train routes. These are numerous, but the more obvious ones are: air pollution, water pollution, and noise pollution. Also the traffic congestion will be horrendous, particularly in Longview, but also all along the train routes at all crossings. Notably, the traffic congestion itself not only causes further pollution from idling vehicles, but will have drastic economic affects: lost time and productivity to those stuck in traffic and lost business to affected local areas, as customers take their business elsewhere, rather than contend with the traffic backups. The quality of life in all of the affected communities will likely be diminished, and for what, a few jobs and big profits for some out of state big businesses.

Moreover, the lost opportunity to the local communities and businesses cannot be ignored. By this, I mean that the problems associated with the coal terminal and associated coal trains will likely drive away potential new residents and businesses, which might otherwise choose to locate in the affected areas. (I will not address the global aspects of burning coal, which are monumental on the scale of expected export here, but apparently not within the scope or your review, as I understand it.)

All of these concerns are weighed against a relatively few good paying jobs. This is an easy choice. Thinking people, careful communities, wise local, state and national governments, do not sell out their future for a small short term gain. And if poor decisions are made, the electorate should not let that happen again. This is an easy decision. Thank you for your thoughtful and careful consideration of these issues. Tough economic times like these should bring out the best in us, as we carefully protect what is most important to our long term health and happiness as a people, look for quality long term jobs, and not fall victim to a frankly dirty industry with little benefit compared to its cost in terms of a degraded environment and quality of life. Thank you again for the opportunity to speak on this.

Norm Dick --

Norman C. Dick WALSTEAD MERTSCHING --ATTORNEYS AT LAW-- Civic Center Building, Third Floor 1700 Hudson Street PO Box 1549 Longview, WA 98632-7934 A Professional Service Corporation mail to: dick@walstead.com (360) 423-5220 / (360) 423-1478 (fax) www.walstead.com

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