Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001443
Received: 5/28/2016 8:12:54 PM
Commenter: Jean Avery
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I am concerned that the draft EIS minimizes impacts and lacks rigorous analysis. For example, in Appendix F, Rail and Vessel Corridor Information, the DEIS describes these significant impacts on fish in the rail corridor:
- The rail corridor within Washington crosses over and is adjacent to more than 500 streams and waterbodies between the Washington-Idaho border and Vancouver, WA. The rail route crosses many freshwater rivers and smaller tributaries to the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, including approximately 75 fish-bearing streams and 44 shoreline streams.... Impacts on aquatic habitats and species in Washington could occur in the event that waterbodies are impacted by hazardous materials that enter waterways…” (page F-8).
Yet the same Appendix includes no mention of the impacts on fish in the vessel corridor, even though there is an 82-page SEPA Fish Technical Report that states:
• The Columbia River is EFH, essential fish habitat (page 2-16).
• Eight threatened or endangered salmon Evolutionary Significant Units (ESUs), five threatened steelhead Distinct Population Segments (DPSs), one threatened bull trout DPS, and their designated critical habitats occur in the Lower Columbia River and the study area (page 2-15).
And this is just one example. It seems the body of the DEIS may not fully include information from the supporting documentation.