Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002953 

Received: 11/14/2013 7:40:00 PM
Commenter: Laura Wrixon

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
Submission Text
From:Laura Wrixon <> Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 7:20 PM Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

This proposal would negatively affect 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, 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.

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

Please don't ignore the negative impacts this terminal would have on Washington residents by considering only the economic impacts for the corporations who are trying to subsidize their profits by letting taxpayers pay their costs of doing business. I don't want business as usual -- dirty energy companies walking away with record profits because they don't have to pay the true costs of their operations--we as American taxpayers end up paying those costs with poorer health, a damaged environment and negative economic impacts.

Studies by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, and others, have shown that many investments in reducing carbon and increasing energy and materials efficiency have an immediate positive payback. Addressing climate change is good business.

It's past time to shut off the flow of handouts to the oil, gas, and coal industries, and to take away their right to use the atmosphere as an open sewer into which to dump their carbon for free. This industry, simply because it is rich, has been cosseted too long.

Breathing is bipartisan. Clean air is essential and a fundamental right. It's also so very important, for the entire planet, to stop using dirty energy sources like oil and coal and instead invest in clean, renewable sources of energy that will not only provide jobs, but a livable planet .

Please consider the "actual" costs of allowing coal export terminals to be built in Longview, WA... and then protect our Pacific Northwest by not allowing it to happen!

Thank you

Laura Wrixon 3423 W Glass Ave Spokane, WA 99205 5099950453