Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002946 

Received: 11/8/2013 4:36:00 PM
Commenter: Raymond Williams
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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:Raymond Williams <maxrwilliams@aol.com> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 4:32 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 8, 2013

Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies

Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA that would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. Itt is estimated that as many as 700 ships a year will be used to transport the coal. That is 2 ships a day from Longview passing over the Columbia Bar each way or 4 ships on the Columbia total. What a USGC nightmear.

This proposal would hurt or harm communities by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting 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.

When China finds that its air quaility is an economy killer and starts its coal plant shut downs. Who will clean up after the rail and ships are gone? The State of WA tax payer, not Big Coal.

How will pay for the impact to fishing? We are spending $M's a year now barging salmon to the Bonniville Dam. Will they make it the rest of the way? And want will the impact be to OR and WA invasive species programs with the asian ship bilge water outputs into the Columbia after they port in Longview?

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

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Raymond Williams

Pasco, WA 99301-6750