Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002849
Received: 11/8/2013 4:46:00 AM
Commenter: Betty Sabo
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:Betty Sabo <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 4:47 AM To:email@example.com Subject:Say No to Dirty Coal
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 in Longview, Wash. that would transport coal on trains and barges through the Northwest to be exported, sold and burned in Asia. Coal exports threaten endangered species and human communities locally and globally.
The Millennium Environmental Impact Study must evaluate the following effects: 1. dust from uncovered coal trains, 2. pollution into the Columbia River, 3. terminal construction and operation, 4. diesel emissions from increased barging and railway traffic, 5. transfer of the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels, and 6. potential for spills and threats to endangered species.
These effects. and others, must be examined and studied at every step of the process from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to the power grids in Asia.
In addition, the coal-train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, taxpayer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the S.R. 432 Project. Because of this, the S.R. 432 Project must also be analyzed in the Millennium Environmental Impact Study.
Far better to reject this project than to inflict such devastating impacts on the world and its inhabitants.
Betty Sabo 3137 Palmdesert Way Las Vegas, NV 89120 US