Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002829 

Received: 11/16/2013 5:50:00 PM
Commenter: Sarah Prowell
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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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From:Sarah Prowell <sprowell@ix.netcom.com> Sent:Saturday, November 16, 2013 5:49 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals public scoping comments

To: Army Corps of Engineers Dept. of Ecology, Cowliz County Millennium Bulk Terminals public scoping comments

From: Sarah Prowell, 2216 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239, 503-452-0972

Date: November 16, 2013

(With request for email or mail notification of EIS progress.)

As a long time resident of Portland, Oregon,....just across the river from Longview, WA,...I am Deeply Concerned about the damage the proposed Millennium coal exporting plans from Longview, WA would have on our water quality, air quality, human health, and aquatic/terrestrial wildlife habitats. I am also concerned by the public's many costs (both present and future) for this private sector venture, as well as the adverse impacts on traffic and safety as tons of coal are routinely moved through our area for shipment to Asia.

I urge that a full EIS evaluation and review process be conducted for the affected regions (Oregon and Washington) to assess the range of both near-term and long-term potential adverse impacts of this project, .... taking into consideration the enormous public risks as weighed against the (???) public gains.

Private industry actions that bring private sector profits while undermining our health and regional natural resources are, in my view, greatly detriment to the region and I can see no substantive public value that this project brings to the Pacific NW, other than profits for the few to the detriment of the many, and possibly low paying jobs (with inadequate benefits, posing a public cost detriment).

Instead, we should be looking for clean energy partners who are committed to our environmental, regulatory, tax, and labor laws and to the health of our communities.

*** Many of us see very clearly the tremendous risks the Millennium coal project poses to our waters, our air, our health, our fish, our recreational/tribal/commercial water uses, ...not to mention the over-arching issue of introducing massive new releases into the air which science confirms are contributing to global warming......with its dangerous local and global consequences. ---IT is the Wrong Direction, as a matter of public policy and as a matter of local/global health,...both in the near-term and the long-term.

I understand public funding of rail line infrastructure for Millennium has been proposed. What other near-term and long-term public costs are there? And why should the public bear these cost, at a time when public funds are so limited?

What are the future public costs for social services for Millennium's employees and contractors, if they are not provided with high paying family wage union jobs with guaranteed substantive pension and health care benefits?

What are the future public costs for adverse human health impacts due to Millennium's coal transport operations and/or releases and spills?

What are the future public costs for environmental spills, contaminant cleanups, and environmental restorations?

What are the binding cost guarantees that Millennium won't walk away, as have so many other energy resource companies after their major spills and degradation of human health and the environment? Effectively transferring those costs from the private sector to the public sector, as corporate welfare.

The EIS should clearly and fully investigate, study, assess, and report these wide ranging and dramatic potential adverse impact issues for the public's review and comment BEFORE any actions, plans, funding, or licensing are BEGUN. For a transparent and meaningful EIS process.

*** Low paying jobs are not worth the public cost of adverse human health impacts or degradation of the air we breathe and the surface waters we rely on.

And Coal is NOT the future....it is a damaging past that we should be leaving behind and replace as soon as possible with renewable and safe energy options.

*** Sarah Prowell 2216 SW Sunset Blvd Portland, Oregon 97239 Phone: 503/452-0972