Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000588
Received: 5/19/2016 6:32:43 PM
Commenter: Richard Andrews
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Despite all the rhetoric to the contrary about coal exports, I firmly believe you can have both good family-wage jobs and be good stewards of the environment. It doesn’t have to be a choice of one over the other.
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.
Now's the time to utilize trade infrastructure. The Millennium Bulk Terminals project is one step closer to being able to participate in this vital business. Thanks to the agencies for considering my comments.