Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001390 

Received: 5/26/2016 7:38:45 PM
Commenter: Sirena  Cooley

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the comments for the Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview draft EIS. I support this project and hope to see it up and running as soon as possible. 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. I can't think of one good reason why this port shouldn't move forward. I hope my comments will be considered and added to those of others asking for approval of this great project.