Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002692 

Received: 11/15/2013 4:37:00 PM
Commenter: Carlos Herrera
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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:Carlos Herrera <cherrera@herrerainc.com> Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 4:23 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would result in the transport of coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

The proposal would have severe and substantial negative impacts throughout the state. The scope of the EIS should address the following issues: 1. Impacts to Aquatic and Terrestrial Habitats and Ecosystems. Fugitive coal dust will have a significant impact on both aquatic and terrestrial habitats along the railroad corridor and shipping routes. Special attention should be given to aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River and its tributaries. 2. Traffic Impacts. The proposal will severely increase congestion along the railroad corridor with more coal train traffic. Auto traffic will be clearly affected by the significant increase in train traffic. This will in turn cause delays for emergency responders. 3. Air and Noise. Fugitive dust emissions will pollute our air and harm human health. Increased train traffic will have a significant impact on local noise levels , harming existing businesses along the corridor. The impacts of burning coal with limited air quality controls in China and subsequent transport of pollutants back towards the western United States should be evaluated. 4. Cumulative Effects. The proposal will increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills. The proposal will promote the expansion of strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and increase the negative impacts of strip mining such as habitat destruction and aquatic impacts. The proposal will also promote the escalation of climate change through the increase combustion of fossil fuels. This aspect is especially troubling and hypocritical in that Washington State is moving towards and spending resources to become more carbon neutral, yet would then allow the transport of coal across its territory. 5. Environmental and Economic Justice. Populations of color and economically less privileged populations will bear the brunt of the negative impacts of this proposal. Populations along railroad corridors tend to have higher proportions of minority individuals and persons who are poor.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you

CARLOS HERRERA, PE Founder

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