Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002636 

Received: 11/11/2013 9:37:00 PM
Commenter: Bryan DuFosse
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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:Bryan DuFosse <bakpakbiker@clear.net> Sent:Monday, November 11, 2013 9:17 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Coal exports could have negative impacts in Idaho

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Ecology representatives, I am writing to address some concerns I have about the proposed increased mining and export of coal from Montana and Wyoming. In this era of climate change brought about by burning fossil fuels, the export of more coal to Asia for energy production is not reasonable. This export of millions of tons of coal will have negative consequences for Idaho and the greater West as burning this coal will add to the already high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. We are already experiencing the effects of anthropogenic climate change with decreased precipitation, declining snow packs, increased wild fires and expansion of forest killing pests such as pine-bark beetles. Additionally, native cold water fishes such as Cutthroat and Bull trout stand to lose already limited habitats due to decreased stream flows and increased water temperatures. Moreover, mercury released from burning millions more tons of coal in Asia can be transported in the upper atmosphere and deposited in our watersheds creating an increased health risk to our friends and neighbors. Please consider the broad scope of risks to Idaho and the greater West that an increased export of coal would have. Thank you.

Bryan DuFosse 5303 W. Grover St. Boise, ID 83705