Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002819 

Received: 11/11/2013 3:52:00 PM
Commenter: Arlene Peterson

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:Arlene K. Peterson <> Sent:Monday, November 11, 2013 3:52 PM Subject:Coal Train Pollution

Not only will the coal trains pollute our water and air, they will cause dramatic traffic problems in Marysville, Edmonds (ferry lines cross the tracks), Arlington, etc., all along the rail corridor. I don't live in Marysville, but that city would be impacted the greatest. There are several main intersections around the railroad tracks, and you cannot get into town without crossing the tracks the coal trains would be using.

The ferry lines would be blocked in Seattle as well as in Edmonds. It would be a terrible mess and would also affect the Port of Seattle trucking lines. All of our tourist and industry would be affected by the many coal trains added to the rail traffic that already exists.

My number one concern is traffic and commerce; my second worry is pollution. If Bellingham wants the coal terminal, then let the railroads run their trains along the same route that Amtrack uses south of the Canadian border. The filthy stuff has to be shipped from Montana and Wyoming, so the most direct route would be through the northern rail lines through Idaho and northern WA.

Thank you for considering these options.

A. K. and G. G. Peterson King County Residents

Arlene K. Peterson