Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002730
Received: 11/12/2013 12:11:00 PM
Commenter: Fuji Kreider
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:Fuji Kreider <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:11 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Scoping Comments: coal export terminal in Longview, WA
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County,
I ask that impacts to Oregon be included in the scoping process for the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA. As adjacent neighbors and sharing the Columbia River and NW ecosystems, I urge you to consider Oregon's comments and concerns.
More specifically, please consider all of the following impacts that affect my community:
* Where is the coal coming from to source the 48 million ton/year terminal and how much of it will come through Oregon towns and communities by way of the Union Pacific? * What are the cumulative impacts of increased train traffic from the Longview proposal, in combination with potentially increased train traffic for a proposed Coyote Terminal at the Port of Morrow?
* How will increased pollution from coal dust and diesel fumes affect the health and property values near the ports and in the communities affected by rail traffic? * Specifically, what are the potential health effects; and please conduct a comprehensive risk analysis for disease (& disease types) incidence over the course of the shipping campaign and years later?
* How will the impact of massive coal shipments for Longview, Port of Morrow and other proposed coal export terminals in the region impact grain producers who market their crops internationally and must compete for limited rail capacity?
* Please consider the pollution of air and waterways from mining, transporting, and shipping the coal. Consider that coal will be transported through the Columbia Basin where an inversion will bring coal dust far and wide through aquatic ecosystems, farmland, and fishing areas in Eastern Oregon and Washington. * How will potential shipping accidents, spills, and expanded strip mining and the burning of the coal escalate climate change.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Fuji Kreider 60366 Marvin Rd La Grande, OR 97850 541-805-0554