Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002868
Received: 11/14/2013 6:02:00 PM
Commenter: Brad Smith
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:Brad Smith <email@example.com> Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:42 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Coal Exports and Global Warming
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Ecology representatives,
I am writing to provide comments regarding the proposed Millennium Bulk Coal Terminal. The scope of the environmental impact statement must include all of the communities affected along the rail lines that will deliver coal to the proposed terminal. The EIS should discuss whether or not the coal dust and diesel fumes from the trains will affect public health and water quality.
The EIS must also disclose the cumulative amount of carbon dioxide that will be contributed to the Earth's atmosphere. This analysis should included but not necessarily limited to, the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the extraction of the coal, shipment of the coal, the burning of the coal, and the construction and operation of the terminal. The EIS should also detail the projected lifespan of the coal source(s) (i.e. how long do the parties expect to produce, ship, and burn coal before its all spent).
The analysis should include a discussion about the projected contribution of all these aspects of the project to global warming, ocean acidification, and other related effects. Conclusions made in the EIS must be also supported by the best available scientific information.
Finally, given the fact that global warming is a global problem to which the coal industry contributes, the responsible official should not rule out the possibility of denying permits for the terminal. We must get serious about curbing greenhouse gas emissions before we do irreparable damage to our planet.
Brad Smith 435 South Ella Avenue Sandpoint, ID 83864