Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002792 

Received: 11/18/2013 5:25:00 PM
Commenter: Marianne 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:Marianne nelson <> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 5:26 PM Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Nov 18, 2013

US Army Corps of Engineers, Cowlitz County, Washington Department of Ecology WA

Dear Washington Department of Ecology,

Please accept these scoping comments for the environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBTL) proposal for Longview, WA.

The coal companies behind this proposal, Ambre Energy and Arch Coal, want the environmental review to be very narrow and ignore the impacts of transporting millions of tons of coal by rail from the Powder River Basin, across Montana, Idaho, and Washington, through the Columbia River Gorge to Longview.

I testified to the Oregon DEQ regarding the proposed Morrow terminal. We were asked to limit our comments to just the clean air and storm water permits. This felt like going to a hearing for a proposed crematorium at Auschwitz, and being told that the decision will be made only on whether the facility meets clean air standards--not on other effects, like how many people it would kill. To have a scope that narrow is immoral.

On the website of the Washington Department of Ecology it says: "The citizens of Washington, the Legislature and Washington's governors have made it a priority of state government to protect the environment and human health." Therefore, ALL factors affecting the environment and health of the citizens of Washington should be included in an EIS.

The Army Corps of Engineers should refrain from making a decision on any permits until an area-wide EIS is completed to analyze the impacts of all three coal export proposals in the Pacific Northwest.


Mrs. Marianne nelson 1426 SE Rural St Portland, OR 97202-5824 (503) 231-2825