Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001134
Received: 5/25/2016 12:29:29 AM
Commenter: Arthur Birkmeyer
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
My Comments on the Draft EIS concerning the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview
1 – NOISE - In the EIS summary it’s stated that if the “mitigating actions – quiet zone” is not implemented the blowing of the rail locomotives would have a detrimental effect on the surrounding community. It’s my concern that the statement should say “a serious detrimental” effect on the surrounding community. Because of this the Millennium Bulk Terminal should NOT be allowed to operate prior to the implementation of the quiet zone mitigating action.
2 – NOISE – I believe the EIS did not look into consistent and ongoing “Switch Yard Noise” which is considerable. Noise from intermittently reviving the large locomotive engines along with the noise of humping full and empty cars Smacking them together (starting and stopping movement), track imperfection noise, flat car wheel noise, bad wheel bearing noise, improperly adjusted and broken car brakes noise and leaking of pressurized air. Along with any and all other noises generating in the movement of rail cars.
3 – Air Quality – After reading and hearing about the dangers of Diesel Exhaust I’m very concerned about the amount of diesel exhaust that will be dumped into the I-5 air shed and the Kelso and Longview town air sheds. Longview should be singled out because of the rail car switching that will occur at the loading facility itself.
The EIS should specify the potential health effects at the level of exposure levels citizens will be exposed to. All this has been studied and researched so let’s get transparent and real on this.
4 - Transportation/traffic - In the EIS summary it’s stated that if the “mitigating actions – 432 project” is not implemented rail traffic to the Millennium Project would have a detrimental effect on traffic flow in the community. It’s my concern that the statement should say “a serious detrimental effect on the health, safety and traffic flow in the community. I believe it would be totally irresponsible to allow the coal export facility to operate until all the mitigating transportation actions are in place and usable. This should be a requirement of any approval.
I know this has nothing to do with the EIS but, I believe that Millennium should be required to maintain a “Contingency Fund” to use to pay unforeseen occurrences and expenses caused by the coal loading facility, state fines and private citizens for damages incurred because of their operations.
In the case of an air quality violation the state would level a fine. I believe every exposed citizen should also be compensated for the personal exposure to the violation.
Arthur R. Birkmeyer
2802 Northlake Ave., Longview, WA 98632
May 24, 2016