Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003464 

Received: 11/17/2013 4:22:00 PM
Commenter: Richard Yarnell
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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 Richard Yarnell <ryarnell@operamail.com> Sent:Sunday, November 17, 2013 4:22 PM To:Butorac, Diane (ECY) Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Nov 17, 2013

Diane Butorac WA

Dear Butorac,

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

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 in Longview, Wash. that would transport coal on trains and barges through the Northwest to be exported, sold and burned in Asia. Coal exports threaten endangered species and human communities locally and globally.

This terminal would have drastic impacts on the health of our natural ecosystems and our communities. The Millennium Environmental Impact Study must evaluate the effects of dust from uncovered coal trains, pollution into the Columbia River, terminal construction and operation, diesel emissions from increased barging and railway traffic, transfer of the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels, potential for spills and threats to endangered species.

The transport and use of coal adds numerous toxins to our atmosphere -- including mercury that bioaccumulates in our seafood, carbon dioxide emissions that escalate global climate change and increase ocean acidification, heavy metals that leach into our waterways, and carcinogens that sicken both animals and people.

The study must also consider what approval of this terminal and coal exports will mean at every step in the process -- from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to the power grids in Asia.

In addition, the coal-train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, taxpayer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the S.R. 432 Project. Because of this, the S.R. 432 Project must also be analyzed in the Millennium Environmental Impact Study.

In addition, impact on the Columbia River should be addresses. It is almost a given that if the terminal is approved, demands will be made that the river be dredged to accommodate ever larger vessels. The impact of such activity on this important migratory salmon runs, among other things, is not inconsequential.

Thank you for your consideration of my comments.

Richard Yarnell 25780 S. Jewell Road Beavercreek, CA 90004 US

Sincerely,

Mr. Richard Yarnell 25780 S Jewell Rd Beavercreek, OR 97004-8865