Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003373 

Received: 9/27/2013 2:00:00 PM
Commenter: Judith Aftergut
Organization: 
State: 

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 Judith Aftergut <jaftergut@aol.com> Sent:Friday, September 27, 2013 2:10 PM To:Placido, Elaine Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Sep 27, 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.

I already have breathing issues. I live in Portland. I don't want to breathe in coal dust from trains running through the Columbia Gorge when the wind blows from the east. I also don't want to breathe in coal pollutants blown back across the Pacific from China. (That coal also acidifies rivers, lakes and streams.) I don't want to have current and future generations deal with human-induced climate change caused by burning coal.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just reported this: "...it was "unequivocal" and that even if the world begins to moderate greenhouse gas emissions, warming is likely to cross the critical threshold of 2C by the end of this century. That would have serious consequences, including sea level rises, heatwaves and changes to rainfall meaning dry regions get less and already wet areas receive more." (Sept. 27, 2013, as reported by Reuters, the Guardian Newspaper of London, and the UN Wire: http://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=3D997EFC-660B-45E4-B53E- 1C5D64FF8EAF&sid=c417fe3e-818d-4217-9a3f-18acd08856f8)

The best thing to do for our lungs and our planet right now and to minimize human-created climate change is to keep that coal in the ground!

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).

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. Judith Aftergut PO Box 8676 Portland, OR 97207-8676 (503) 246-5465