Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002824 

Received: 11/15/2013 2:12:00 AM
Commenter: Tamara Pokorny
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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:Tamara Pokorny <valleyrockfarm@gmail.com> Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 1:52 AM 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,

Because of the potential impacts to native American Indian treaty rights and threats to quality of life in western Washington and beyond, I very strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. Washington State is at the forefront of ocean acidification research and response. it is incumbent on this state to take a stand against coal export, and that includes a comprehensive scope for the Environmental Impact Statement to include consideration of climate change. It's the height of arrogance and denial to look at this project without considering the connected nature of our planet and the plight of people -- right this moment -- in the Philippines. What happens with this terminal could be replayed a thousand times over, for better or worse, across the planet. In order to save salmon, we must conserve each species, each stock, each run. Likewise, our atmosphere and the future of humanity rests on each and every choice to turn up the carbon spigots or turn them off. Please make the rational choice about the scope of this EIS. For me and many others like me in Washington, this terminal proposal is ground zero.

This proposal would negatively affect the people and natural resources I care about by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our 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 all these impacts, as well as impacts to fisheries and the treaty obligations of the state and federal government with respect to rights of native American Indian tribes and what is sane and humane as you consider the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you

Tamara Pokorny 1340 Dabob Road Quilcene, WA 98376 360-316-9870