Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000107
Received: 5/5/2016 9:52:54 PM
Commenter: Jeff Childers
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
It's with great enthusiasm that I write today to express my support of the DEIS, the study was thorough and it’s time to get Millennium Bulk Terminals port off the ground and under construction. We need the jobs this terminal will provide.
In regards to coal dust & human health impacts: Please refer to the American Lung Association’s report on state / county rankings. First please note that the incidence of pediatric and adult asthma for Cowlitz Co is 9.1%, Clark Co. is 9.0%, and Yakima Co is 8.9%. Then compare this same statistic to communities where coal is produced or shipped through such as Campbell Co WY at 9.0%, Box Butte Co, NE (Alliance) 6.96%, Lincoln Co NE (North Platte) 6.98%, or St. Louis Co MO 7.68%. Further, the ALA ranking for 24 hr particulate matter in Campbell Co WY scores a grade of B, as compared to Clark Co WA at F and Yakima Co WA at F. The evidence is obvious, coal production and transportation is not causing a health problem, but it can act as a remedy to an economic downturn.
Thanks for considering my comments.