Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002761 

Received: 11/18/2013 11:52:00 PM
Commenter: Barry Mason
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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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From:Barry Mason <gizmobur37@yahoo.com> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 11:49 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:EIS, Millenium Bulk

I am extremely concerned about the proposed Millenium Bulk Terminal at Long View, WA. The damage such an entity would do to people, the environment, and the economy is huge. How?

Just think of the damage done to the lives and livelihoods of those people living in the area and along the train routes leading to the site. Noise, coal dust, traffic disturbance, coal dust that has been documented scientifically are a few aspects.

Coal dust and diesel emissions from trains hauling material to the proposed site would not only be detrimental to the health of those people living in areas adjacent to the tracks, but there are also the animals, both terrestrial and aquatic, that are likely to be harmed. Are their lives worth the few jobs at the proposed terminal. Terminal, perhaps a prophetic word for those whose lives will be disturbed or harmed by the transportation of coal to Long View.

Disruption of livelihoods, as, for example the fishers on the Columbia River. Disruption of communities through which mile-long trains rumble. Long waits at crossings. These are not things that enhance local economies between the strip mines and the terminal.

Finally, there is the further disruption of the planet's balance by greater introduction of carbon into the atmosphere when the coal is burnt in Asia. And we should not forget the pollutants, some of which are toxic, arsenic for example, that are released into the atmosphere on burning only to return on the wind to our West Coast.

Please consider these concerns when establishing an EIS.

Thank you.

Barry Mason Bellingham, WA