Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002795 

Received: 11/15/2013 5:12:00 PM
Commenter: Deb Nickerson
Organization: Mission Peace and Justice Ministry at United Churches of Olympia
State: 

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:Deb Nickerson <debranick@gmail.com> Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 4:52 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission, United Churches of Olympia 110 Eleventh Ave. SE Olympia, Washington 98501 October 28th, 2013

Dear Army Corps of Engineers, and Washington Department of Ecology:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide input on this important issue. In assessing whether or not the transportation of coal is either a cost effective option or feasible, we ask the Department of Ecology to include in the EIS a comprehensive examination of its transport from the mine sites, to the potential export terminals, to the trans-pacific route that ships will use when crossing from the Pacific Northwest to China. It is our contention a thorough analysis will find the potential for adverse health effects to humans and other living species will be detrimental enough that the decision to transport coal from Wyoming to the coast will be nullified.

As a community of faith in Olympia, Washington, we are opposed to the exportation of coal from our country to China. Is this really where we are in the energy industry, given that we have the ability to develop other, cleaner, more cost effective methods of generating power? Putting our resources into alternatives to oil, gas, and coal will allow us as a country, and indeed world, to benefit in all ways: our human health will be better - coal burning is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases damaging mostly to the very young and elderly. Indeed, marginalized communities are especially harmed by the coal industry. Mercury is a poison and when found in children can cause gross neurological damage; the damaging acid created when coal is burned returns to the United States and British Columbia through wind, pollutes our forests and marine life such as forage fish, shellfish and salmon. Dirty dust from coal cars on trains wafts over each town it passes; this dust is harmful to our health. In addition, consider the consequences of locating coal terminals in areas used by tribes with whom we have treaties and our legal duty to uphold these treaty rights of our neighboring indigenous sovereign nations.

We, the undersigned, along with the Mission Peace and Justice Ministry at United Churches of Olympia, urge you to consider all aspects of coal production and transport before allowing port terminals to be built. There is too much at risk for there not to be a comprehensive study made by our state. It is your responsibility to examine all facets of a project before making a decision involving the health and lives of so many. Indeed, the state of the earth as a whole should be taken into consideration before such measures are taken to open up our land and oceans to being vulnerable to possible risk and threats.

Sincerely,

Missions, Peace and Justice Ministry and concerned members of United Churches of Olympia

Deb Nickerson 3013 Azalea Court SE Olympia, WA 98501 360-754-5397