Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002893
Received: 11/9/2013 7:22:00 PM
Commenter: Ellen Sue
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:Ellen Sue <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Saturday, November 09, 2013 7:23 PM To:email@example.com Subject:against coal trains and terminals
"Sleep tight", my Mom would say. "Don't let the bed bugs bite." It's not only bed bugs that we are concerned with today. Instead our concerns have switched to all the pollutants bombarding us through the air, water and food systems. By the time we attempt to sleep we have already faced many levels of pollutants throughout our day including the air we breathe at night.
"The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances," the World Health Organization-International Agency for Research on Cancer's Kurt Straif told the South China Morning Post on October 17, 2013. "We consider this to be the most important environmental carcinogen, more so than passive smoking." The article goes on to mention how coal & vehicle emissions cause high levels of air pollutants that are less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, the most damaging to human's health.
The proposal to increase the coal train transports and build new terminals in either the Cherry Point or Longview area are just another way of increasing the pollution we breathe, absorb or consume. China already is a case study in air pollution with coal import/transport and coal burning which affects their environment and food sources. If we allow even more coal to be shed from the trains as they pass our homes, water, wetlands, forests, places of employment, hospitals, schools, day cares, convalescent homes, to name a few of the recipients of coal dust, we are setting up our population for more pollution and cancer. Maybe the economy will be given an initial shot of money with this increased revenue and jobs, but at what cost? How much does clean air and health cost? How much does the environmental impact and environmental clean up cost? How much money is spent to have governmental oversight controls or will the lobbyists against governmental spending eliminate some of these controls? How many of the primary stake holders in Carrix/SSA/Goldman Sacs and the Ambre Energy, Arch Coal live in the proposed coal-strewn environments? The real bottom line is how much is human life worth?
In 2007, the Army Corp of Engineer's report regarding TransAlta Centrailia Mining permit, stated, "The presence of contaminants at high concentration in some coal leachates and the demonstration of biological uptake of coal-derived contaminants in a small number of studies suggest that precipitation could wash potentially toxic amounts of potential chemical contaminants from loaded and unloaded coal cars." They suggested this could affect a 4-mile radius. How many 4 mile swaths does a coal train affect as it travels throughout Washington (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)?
Per Coal Train Facts web site, BNSF calculates a loss of 500-2000 pounds of coal dust lost in route to the terminals. Who (WHO) wants to breathe, absorb or eat from their garden after a coal train passes. Do not allow either the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview or Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham. Please leave Washington out of the equation when considering more coal trains, terminals. 1. www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-21/air-pollution-more-harmful-than-passive-smoking-two- reports-find 2.www.coaltrainfacts.org/key-facts#health 3.www.Earthfix.opb.org/energy/article/permitting-documents-reveal-army-corp-concerns-ab/ 4.www.coaltrainfacts.org/key-facts#health