Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000667 

Received: 5/22/2016 12:14:45 PM
Commenter: Joan Beldin
Organization: 
State: Oregon

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
I am strongly opposed to the building of the Millennium terminal in Longview. Coal is quickly becoming an outdated form of energy in this country as well as through the world. It's one of the dirtiest forms of energy with huge health impacts, not only from the air pollution of burning coal, but from the toxicity of diesel fumes. I live close to the Columbia River. I'm concerned about the impacts of 16 coal trains going down the Columbia River corridor - the impact on the river and its fish from coal dust and potential derailed trains. Oregon and Washington should never become coal's corridor. The daily onslaught of coal trains will not only create an eyesore, but the air and water pollution will despoil one of Washington and Oregon's most precious natural resources. China is already literally choking from air pollution caused by the burning of coal. This pollution travels far and wide to our shores. It is time to keep coal in the ground and move forward to the already developed but underused alternative forms of energy. The price tag of this terminal on the environment and people's health is far too costly and not worth the proven risks. Please do not approve the building of the Millenium terminal. This proposal is unconscionable. Thank you for considering my concerns. Sincerely, Joan Beldin