Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002684
Received: 11/12/2013 5:02:00 AM
Commenter: Jason Hamad
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:Jason Hamad <email@example.com> Sent:Tuesday, November 12, 2013 5:02 AM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal
Nov 12, 2013
Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies
Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA that would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
It is with good reason that coal has declined in popularity as a fuel source in the United States. It is the dirtiest of all fuels, releasing not just carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, but legion other pollutants that are directly harmful to human health. Even "clean" coal power plants are dirtier than any other fuel source. Americans are, in greater and greater numbers, opposing fossil fuel energy in favor of cleaner sources, and coal most of all.
Now, because it is no longer in great demand at home, American coal companies want to export their product to other, often less developed nations. They hope that they can export the environmental impacts, as well, but this is not the case. Climate change is global, and a carbon atom released halfway across the world is as damaging as one released here at home. What's more, many of the countries to which the industry wishes to export have environmental standards even more lax than our own, meaning that the expatriated coal will do even more harm than it would at home.
We cannot allow the coal industry to export our pollution to other nations just because we no longer want it here. This is exactly what any export terminal such as the one proposed in Longview, WA would do.
This proposal would hurt or harm communities by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. If you do so, you can reach no other decision but that such an export terminal would have an unacceptably negative effect.
Thank you for considering my opinions on this important subject.
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