Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003197 

Received: 11/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Commenter: Jeremy Fischer

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: my email [] Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:41 PM To: White, Abbe (ECY) Subject: Before MBTL visit please Norfolk, VA coal piers
Dear Abbe,
I used to live in Norfolk, VA a few miles from the coal piers. All day and night you hear the sounds of trains rumbling in and slamming into each other. An enormous crane picks up the train cars and dumps coal onto the ships, which creates groaning and crashing noises that can be heard for miles, like a giant dumpster being dumped over and over again.
The result of the dumping also fills the air with the strong smell of creosote and greenish-black dust fills the air and covers the cars and buildings; and the dust settles on the Elizabeth River, which is already horribly polluted with high mercury levels in the fish.
Also, living in Virginia, you hear stories of how mountain top removal mining has devastated the ecology and poisoned the streams, putting thousands of people out of work. It has made environmentalists out of the most unlikely people, and turned conservative country folks into tree huggers.
All of this, combined with the levels of air pollution in Beijing, the children and old people who die from it, and the greenhouse gasses that are already affecting all of us (increased floods and storms and damaged coastal cities).
Isn't there maybe a better, less costly and less damaging way, to help the local economy and provide electricity for people?
Thank you for listening to me. I don't often write emails like this, but I really felt a need to speak with you in this case.
Jeremy Fischer Richmond, VA