Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002828
Received: 11/18/2013 1:37:00 PM
Commenter: Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos
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
From:Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos <email@example.com> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 1:18 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
As a San Juan County resident and employee in a business that relies on our tourism-based economy where our resident orca whales are an economic driver: What would be the adverse impacts from the proposed Millennium coal export terminal in Longview to the Southern Resident Orca Whales that spend time at the mouth of the Columbia River where it is presumed that they are feeding on upper Columbia and Snake River Chinook salmon? What would be the adverse impacts, including the adverse impacts from the increased risk of oil and/or coal spills, to these Chinook salmon that are essential to the orca whale diet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ApK0SYothA · As a San Juan County resident who moved here for the environmental beauty of the islands: What would be the adverse impacts including the increased risk of a major oil spill from the increased barge traffic (from any of Washington State's five refineries that would have to travel through and/or adjacent to the waters of San Juan County) associated with the propulsion fueling operations required by the proposed Millennium coal export terminal's cargo vessels? What would be the loss of property values and what would be the loss of tourism, real estate sales, and housing construction related tax revenue from a major oil spill in San Juan County? · As a consumer of commercial and recreational shellfish: What would be the adverse impacts from ocean acidification associated with the burning of the coal (and the increased CO2 emissions) that is proposed to be exported from the Millennium bulk terminal in Longview? What would be the costs of the increased ocean acidification's adverse impacts on recreational and commercial shellfish? What would be the adverse impacts to the spawning of shellfish for recreational and commercial harvest? What would be the adverse impacts to the wildlife that feed on shellfish? What would be the adverse impacts to the pteropods that comprise much of the diet of juvenile salmon and all the associated adverse impacts to the food chain? · As a San Juan County taxpayer: What would be the costs of the sea level rise associated with the burning of the coal (and the increased CO2 emissions) that is proposed to be exported from the Millennium terminal in Longview? What would be the adverse impacts to San Juan County's public roads, docks, etc. located on or near the shoreline? What would be the adverse impacts to San Juan County's private development located on or near the shoreline? · As a Washington State taxpayer: What will be the cost to Washington State tax payers to address the required transportation infrastructure improvements associated with the proposed Millennium coal export terminal in Longview (for example, the required infrastructure improvements associated with State Route 432 alone have an estimated cost of $100 - $200 million). Note that San Juan County ranks last of all 39 Washington State Counties in terms of per capita tax revenue generated vs. per capita state expenditures (as of Fiscal Year 2011 - the most current analysis from the Office of Fiscal Management):
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you, Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos Friday Harbor, WA
Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos 471 Dexter Lane Friday Harbor, WA 98250