Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002822 

Received: 11/8/2013 4:05:00 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
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
From:elaine phelps <efphelps@earthlink.net> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 4:02 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

November 8, 2013 comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County, Re: Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal 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: • massive strip-mining of coal - the most environmentally harmful form of mining of the most health-damaging fossil fuel - in Wyoming and Montana, and • 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 - itself subject to all of the associated environmental and human health hazards of the project - 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, and • huge uncompensated expenditures required by each of the communities through which these trains will pass for mitigating the multiple negative impacts the trains and the coal they carry will have on them and their residents; 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. All of the above and the many objective studies that have been done on this project show that all permits that might advance any part of the overall project, the coal export terminal in Longview in particular, should be denied. Thank you for your consideration.

Elaine Phelps Elaine Phelps, Ph.D. 17238 10th Ave NW Shoreline, WA 98177 Phone: 206.546-5495 Email: efphelps@earthlink.net