Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002895
Received: 11/15/2013 7:41:00 PM
Commenter: Steve Sundquist
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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From:Steve Sundquist <email@example.com> Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 7:41 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Comments
To whom it may concern: My name is Stephen Sundquist, an adult citizen of Seattle, Washington. I am concerned about the potentially significant adverse impacts of the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Washington. I would like you to measure the impacts of the proposed terminals in the following areas during your upcoming scoping study:
Environmental: . Greenhouse gas emissions from burning the coal in Asia; . Water pollution along the Columbia River from coal dust escaping the trains; at the terminal site from fugitive dust and increased shipping-related pollution; and along the Columbia west of the terminals from shipping-related pollution and potential maritime accidents; . Increased diesel emissions along the railroad route due to increased train and ship volume; . Mercury deposition in Washington from burning the coal in Asia.
Health: . Impact of coal dust that escapes along the train route and at the terminals; . Impact of diesel particulates along the train route and at the terminals; . Impact of increased noise along the train route on mental health; . Impact of accidents and delayed emergency response at railroad crossings.
Economic: . Potential negative impact on current trade flows through Washington due to railroad bottlenecks;
Taxpayer impact: . Risk of project failure causing stranded taxpayer investments due to future coal market instability; . Local taxpayer impact from transportation upgrades required by increased railroad traffic; . State taxpayer impact from railroad network upgrades required by increased rail traffic.
Thank you for considering the inclusion of these potential impacts in the upcoming scoping review and decisions.
Stephen Sundquist 206-938-2967 7211 36th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126