Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002723 

Received: 11/8/2013 1:36:00 PM
Commenter: John Kersting

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:John Kersting <> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 1:03 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,

Thank you for taking public comment and giving us an opportunity to comment and your efforts to help competing interests, our children and long term health are paramount and thank you for the efforts you have made.

I continue to strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in my home state at Longview, WA transporting coal- a known toxic element on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. We are not the pawns of corporate greed and the promises of jobs and other media and governmental manipulation to benefit a few at our expense is unacceptable.

As is the case in Montana where my brother lives, 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. This is not what MAY happen, this is what IS and has been happening to communities such as Missoula, with train yards in neighborhoods raising pollution counts significantly. 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. It is hypocritical to minimize the certain damage by refusing to conduct studies showing the cumulative damage caused by the increased toxic load in our ecosystem, but the ever-growing toxic load in babies and nursing mother's milk is well established in the literature and as a SPED teacher, I know that these loads cause birth defects, long term health issues and higher rates of disabilities in our culture. That is unacceptable as is your passive responses. That there is no directly verifiable level of damage, complaints, injury and danger is irrelevant in the face of the fact that we will be exposed to the tons of dust, spills, engine exhaust and end use devastation of air, water, land and climate caused by coal burning.

Our national and State-wide leaders promised over and over for decades to transition to non-fossil fuels and improve our environment. I believe they just lie to us and I am unimpressed by the actions of responsible agencies. Direct actions speak louder than words. I have yet to see direct, powerful coordinated moves to make a cohesive, dedicated strategic plan to stop selling, using and maintaining fossil fuel use in the US or internationally- as Germany and other nations have done. The baby steps in the right direction do not prevent PSE from using the Costrip Plant for instance.

I urge you to consider and do research into these clear and presently dangerous and unacceptable impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

I appreciate that this climate of corporate control keeps many good agencies and people from taking strong actions, so I am thankful for all the honest people and efforts that have been made, I recognize things have been and could be worse.

Thank you.


John Kersting

Olympia, WA 98506-4845