Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002823 

Received: 11/8/2013 1:35:00 PM
Commenter: Robert Phillips

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:Robert Phillips <> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 1:03 PM 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,

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

The developer's proposal includes the realization that each coal car will spill 1/4 ton of coal dust along the route. To them that loss of $0.30 in revenue per car is just a "business expense" for everyone and everything along the route, the 4 or 5 tons of pollution is probably a life-or-death problem.

You certainly must look at the entire proposal from excavation through off-shoring to the combustion and pollution that moves the entire risk of the program away from the developers to the entire earth at large.

Additionally, the sharp increase in rail traffic resulting from this (more than doubling of train traffic along the shipping route) will endanger public safety (collisions, obstructed fire response routes, congestion, ...) and health.

This is, certainly, a proposal that needs to be rejected. You could do that out of hand; or you can study the devil out of it and gather hard data to support your rejection.

Thank you.


Robert Phillips

Sandpoint, ID 83864