Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002759 

Received: 11/18/2013 7:32:00 PM
Commenter: Linda Marsh

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:Linda Marsh <> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 7:32 PM Subject:coal export terminals

I oppose building coal export terminals in Washington, and urge that all impacts be studied, from coal dust along the route to carbon release into the atmosphere from burning the product. Coal dust is likely to pollute wetlands, where mercury is likely to be transformed into more hazardous forms. It will also injure people with breathing sensitivities. Any coating intended to reduce dust can be expected to wear off as the cars travel, so that I doubt its effectiveness by the time trains reach the Washington coastal habitats and pass near my house in Seattle. There are many other direct impacts of the trains and their cargos that should NOT be externalized from the decision whether to permit them, including climate change, the most serious environmental threat we face. If this coal could produce 1% of global carbon emissions, that's a massive issue. Linda Marsh 4410 Brygger Dr W Seattle WA 98199