Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002701 

Received: 11/19/2013 12:11:00 AM
Commenter: Shaun Hubbard
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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
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Submission Text
From:Shaun Hubbard <shaunalice@comcast.net> Sent:Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:12 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Cc:Shaun Hubbard Subject:Comments on Scope of EIS for Proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal: Docket number 2013-19738

Dear Lead Agency Representatives:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide scoping comments for preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals, Longview LLC coal export facility. I am a resident of San Juan County, Washington. San Juan County's environment is our economy, especially the Southern Resident Killer (Orca) Whales which have become an icon of San Juan Island and a major tourist draw. The salmon on which the Orca feed are known to migrate from the Columbia River. I am concerned about the possible impacts on the salmon habitat and therefore the health of the Chinook Salmon population from the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal. Chinook salmon are the preferred diet of the endangered Southern Resident Killer (Orca) Whales. If their food supply declines, SRKW numbers will inevitably decline as well. In the EIS, please address the adverse impacts to Chinook salmon and thoroughly study the following: • What would be the economic costs to San Juan County from the adverse impacts of ocean acidification to SRKW? • What would be the adverse impacts to Chinook salmon from the construction and the on- going operation of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal and associated rail lines, docks, shiploaders, stockpile pads, conveyors and equipment? • What would be the adverse impacts to Chinook salmon from the on-going adverse impacts to water quality from storm water runoff? • What would be the cumulative adverse impacts to Chinook salmon from all the proposed fossil fuel terminal proposals within the Columbia River? • What would be the cumulative adverse impacts to Chinook salmon from the increased vessel traffic associated with the Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal and all other proposed fossil fuel terminal projects in the Columbia River? • What would be the cumulative adverse impacts to Chinook salmon from the increased risks of an oil spill especially given the treacherous conditions that can exist at the Columbia River Bar which is also known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific."2 • What would be the cumulative adverse impacts from multiple smaller fuel spills over time to Chinook salmon? • What would be the cumulative adverse impacts from multiple moderately-sized fuel spills over time to Chinook salmon? • What would be the adverse impacts to Chinook salmon from a single catastrophic fuel spill? • What would be the adverse impacts to Chinook salmon smolts during migration from oil spills of all sizes and in particular from heavy (also referred to as persistent) oils? • Where will the cargo vessels associated with the Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal receive their propulsion fuel and what would be the adverse impacts to Chinook salmon from that vessel traffic and the bunkering? The proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal's EIS must address ocean acidification's risk to San Juan County's marine species and ecosystems. The burning of coal releases carbon dioxide into our oceans and contributes to ocean acidification. Based on the tonnage of coal proposed to be exported and subsequently burned: • What would be the impacts of increased ocean acidification in the waters of San Juan County? • What would be the impacts of increased ocean acidification to the pteropods that comprise much of the diet of juvenile salmon? Thank you. Shaun Hubbard San Juan Island