Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002840 

Received: 11/16/2013 6:30:00 PM
Commenter: John Riggs
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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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Submission Text
From:John Riggs <johnriggs87@gmail.com> Sent:Saturday, November 16, 2013 6:11 PM 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,

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

I have traveled the entire route of the coal trains, from Spokane to Vancouver and on to Bellingham and Canada, as well as most of the rest of the routes from the mines to the sea. We already have evidence from the through trains to Canada, that there really is coal contamination all along the route. In particular I saw this up along the Columbia, where it apparently does blow right off the loaded cars. And this is found to some degree all along the route. Coal is recognized as a toxic commodity, and short of actually covering all the cars, it is inevitable that some will be lost in transit. BN statistics show that. In addition to dust escapement from the trains, it is a problem around terminals as well. As a retired merchant marine officer, I have been around harbors, ships, and terminals all my career. I have spoken to people who lived and worked around Richards Bay, S.Africa, and the ports of Queensland, Aus., where the environment has definitely been degraded. In our own country we can look to the area around Hampton Roads, VA, for evidence of accumulated contamination. Just north of our border is the Westshore Bulk (coal) terminal. I spoke to a resident of Pt Roberts who told me he has coal dust in his garden plants, and farm land to the northeast of the terminal has dust also. To support this seemingly illogical statement, we have photographs of dust blowing from Westshore. It's a plain fact that coal is dirty and does escape at every point from mining, to loading the trains, to the transit, to the discharge and storage at the shipping terminal, and of course the final loading into the bulk cargo vesselS. We must not approve this giant terminal and the export of this toxic, antiquated, fuel, which historically has harmed so many people. Thank you for your work. Respectfully, John Riggs

John Riggs 2517 Victor St Bellingham, WA 98225 360-510-3928