Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002791 

Received: 11/9/2013 12:26:00 PM
Commenter: Dennis Nelson

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:DENNIS R. NELSON, Energy/Environmental Researcher <> Sent:Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:26 PM Subject:Docket 2013-19738: My Comment on the Scope of the EIS for the Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 9, 2013

Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies

Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,

Hello there! I am one of the original, modern environmental/energy/conservation/population/resource activists ever since around the very first "EARTH DAY" (Wednesday, April 22, 1970), more than 43 years ago--and still going strong! I have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Dana College, Blair, Nebraska. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PERMITTED COAL EXPORT TERMINAL at Longview, Washington [the MILLENNIUM BULK TERMINALS], which would transport a WHOPPING 44 MILLION TONS OF COAL ANNUALLY on trains and ships throughout the Pacific Northwest in order to sell to foreign markets (such as China). This misguided and counterproductive 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. It would also damage aquatic ecological systems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand ecologically damaging strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate human-caused disruptive climate change. PLEASE CONSIDER THESE IMPORTANT ADVERSE IMPACTS OF THAT PROPOSED COAL EXPORT TERMINAL PROJECT IN THE SCOPE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS). Thank you very much! [P.S. We should look "BEYOND ALL COAL" to inherently cleaner and safer non- fossil-fuel/non-nuclear energy technologies--the full practical use of the best energy efficiency improvements; combined heat-and-power (CHP), also called co-generation; and well-designed/properly sited and installed dispersed/distributed appropriate renewable energy technologies.]


DENNIS R. NELSON, Energy/Environmental Researcher

Chicago, IL 60609-2011