Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000152
Received: 5/9/2016 1:27:48 PM
Commenter: Bud Clinch
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I am writing to pass on my support for the Millennium Bulk Terminal at Longview. Already, through efforts by the developers the property is a much improved industrial site. While some people have tried to make coal transportation an issue, the fact of the matter is, it has been happening for decades without any environmental consequences. All this clamor about coal dust is a non issue. Past studies have shown that coal dust is a very minor particulate pollutant in the areas where the coal has been transported. And the bulk storage techniques proposed assure minimal fugitive dust. Much greater threats exist from automobile tire particles , metal particles, and soil. Coal cars have been aerodynamically groomed and sprayed with a dust preventative surfactant for years.
The objections about coal dust are coming from environmentalists speaking on their "no development-no where" conviction rather than scientific fact. An overwhelming majority of the state supports coal exports. Environmental requirements exist to assure compliance. Local, state and federal regulators should consider that Washington can have BOTH economic growth and a healthy environment.
Embrace the improvement of an old industrial property being redeveloped. Keep the review to what is scientific and factual. The review should not be a popularity contest or driven by environmental obstructionists. And as far as trying to evaluate the speculative impact to "Climate Change"; just remember the Asian countries are going to develop and burn coal. If not from America then they will get it from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, or else where. This export facility will not increase their consumption of coal. So the net effect on climate change is "0".