Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003323 

Received: 11/10/2013 4:32:00 PM
Commenter: Carolyn Boatsman
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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
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
From:Friends of the Columbia Gorge <Advocacy@GorgeFriends.org> on behalf of Carolyn Boatsman <c.boatsman@comcast.net> Sent:Sunday, November 10, 2013 4:32 PM To:Placido, Elaine Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Nov 10, 2013

Director Elaine Placido 207 4th Ave. N. Kelso, WA 98626

Dear Director Placido,

Please accept these scoping comments for the environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBTL) proposal for Longview, WA.

The proposal to export coal from the Powder River Basin, through the Columbia River Gorge to Longview for export to Asia would result in significant adverse effects to the local, regional, and global environment. The impacts of strip mining, transporting, and burning the coal in Asian power plants must be included in the scope of analysis for the environmental impact statement (EIS).

Bad ideas:

1. Subsidizing the coal industry making it cheap enough to mine and ship to China, since our efforts to clean up here reduce the market for coal.

2. Burning more coal in China, increasing global warming.

Trashing the air quality of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area with diesel exhaust and coal dust.

3. Lining the pockets of mining companies in the name of jobs. There are good ways to make jobs like providing incentives for and requiring clean energy.

The Army Corps of Engineers should refrain from making a decision on any permits until an area-wide EIS is completed to analyze the impacts of all three coal export proposals in the Pacific Northwest.

Sincerely,

Ms. Carolyn Boatsman 3210 74th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040-3419 (206) 236-0949