Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002887 

Received: 11/16/2013 3:37:00 PM
Commenter: Andrew Stone
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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:Andrew Stone <andymstone@gmail.com> Sent:Saturday, November 16, 2013 3:17 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Protect the Columbia River from dirty coal export!

I am a biologist, a teacher, and I vote.

Shippers, their accountants and insurance actuaries, know and I want to know hard numbers backed by verifiable data, how much coal and dust per car per mile will be spilled? No other industry is allowed to spill their materials onto private land. Dumping into public rivers requires review by DEQ and permits. This must be included in the EIS.

Effects on protected salmon habitat should be included.

Public health effects of dust (especially in the Gorge and Vancouver) should be included as well as train noise.

Effects on property values due to air quality and noise should be included - for the length of the transportation corridor.

These are all environmental costs that a private company will be dumping onto taxpayers. We have a right to know what those costs are before we consider allowing a private company to pollute our communities.

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, which would transport dirty coal on trains and ships through the Northwest and send coal to Asia.

Coal export would harm my community 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, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

In addition, the coal train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, tax-payer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the SR 432 Project. The SR 432 Project must be analyzed in the Millennium EIS.

Andrew Stone 238 N Beech Portland, OR 97227 5032395524