Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002680 

Received: 11/8/2013 2:33:00 PM
Commenter: Cheryl Gross

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:Cheryl Gross <> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 2:02 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,

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

There is strong local opposition, and with good reason, as communities would be directly and negatively impacted by more coal train traffic creating noise and congestion and polluting air and waterways. However the damage would extend far greater both in area and in range of impacts, affecting aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, damaging human health, and increasing tanker traffic and the risk of shipping accidents and spills. The potential for negative financial impacts, including long term health and ecological damage, far outweigh any short-term financial gains.

The terminal would also result in support for increased strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, at a time when we should be ending, not encouraging, the use of coal. Burning the 48 million tons of coal proposed for export at the terminal annually would release roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide, a figure that amounts to as much carbon pollution as every activity in the state of Washington combined. The effect on climate change would be significant, at a time when it is urgent that we reduce such impacts. Again, the negative financial impacts of climate change so far outweigh any short-term profits of this project as to be incalculable.

The wide ranging negative impacts of the proposed terminal make it a project affecting not just local communities but the world at large. It's approval cannot be justified.


Cheryl Gross

Sarasota, FL 34232-4962