Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002821 

Received: 11/8/2013 3:41:00 PM
Commenter: Elaine Phelps
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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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Submission Text
From:Elaine Phelps <efphelps@earthlink.net> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 3:32 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 8, 2013

Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies

Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,

The proposed coal export terminal at Longview must be evaluated not only in terms of its immediate local impact but also in the context of the overall project of which it is a part.

This includes: strip-mining coal in Wyoming and Montana, and then shipping the coal on uncovered trains - the increased dust and length and frequency of which will negatively impact every community through which they pass - for many hundreds of miles to Washington, and

then through Washington to Longview for export, and then to China via the Columbia River, an essential economic lifeline in the Pacific Northwest for people in agriculture, fishing, energy, industry, and commerce.
Included here by reference: "Heavy Traffic Ahead: Rail Impacts of Powder River Basin Coal to Asia by Way of Pacific Northwest Terminals", report prepared for Western Organization of Resource Councils, July 2012

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA that would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

This 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 ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Elaine Phelps

Shoreline, WA 98177