Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002856 

Received: 11/14/2013 2:24:00 PM
Commenter: Dwight Schrag
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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:Dwight Schrag <dwights30@comcast.net> Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:04 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,

You already have my engineering and policy comments for the Columbia River trans-loading site in Oregon near Hood River. This concept is a disaster in the making and must be discontinued. No further work should be done to further this project. You also have my comments provided for the Bellingham, WA terminal site which is totally unacceptable to all the communities along the proposed coal shipping routes, water/rail and ship loading terminals.

These same exact technical and regulatory problems and fatal flaws exist for the MBTL Coal Export Terminal as well. There is no significant difference under any circumstance. Stop all further consideration of such unsafe, technically flawed and disastrous projects. If Canada wishes to pursue these foolhardy initiatives, let them have the coal. Washington and Oregon should be spared the ecological impacts and certain safety risks to our people and environment.

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

This proposal would negatively affect my State and surrounding communities 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.

Technologies to properly contain coal dust and prevent pollution of ground and water are insufficient to reduce serious long-term impacts to humans, animals, ecosystems and aquatic life.

Operational controls to manage and safeguard the safety of people and environment are insufficient or not yet developed for such a massive transfer of coal with multiple trans-shipment exchanges along heavily populated, sensitive ecosystems on land, rail and water routes. This makes no economic or regulatory sense to further consider such a tragic approach.

The project should be cancelled. If not, as an Engineer and scientist, I urge you to fully and completely assess and consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you. Dwight Schrag 1106 108th Ave NE #302 Bellevue, WA 98004

Dwight Schrag 1106 108th Ave NE #302 Bellevue, WA 98004 425-443-7958