Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003406 

Received: 10/2/2013 1:45:00 AM
Commenter: Leigh Schwarz
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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 Leigh Schwarz <leighschwarz1@gmail.com> Sent:Wednesday, October 02, 2013 1:55 AM To:Placido, Elaine Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Oct 2, 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.

Please consider the full impact to the environment associated with the proposal to export coal from the Powder River Basin through the Columbia River Gorge to Longview for export.

The Columbia River Gorge is world-renowned for its natural scenic beauty, diversity in plants and wildlife, cultural resources, and recreation. As you know, to protect its outstanding resources, the Gorge is a federally designated National Scenic Area. This law requires protection and enhancement of scenic, natural, cultural, and recreation resources and air quality.

It is so important to consider the full impact the transportation of coal by rail in open coal cars through the Gorge, and the likely expansion of tracks and siding in the Gorge that would be necessary to accommodate up to 18 additional trains per day. The project will forever change and degrade the Gorge, our important resource and treasure.

Sincerely,

Ms. Leigh Schwarz 1880 Kilkenny Dr Lake Oswego, OR 97034-5965