Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001743
Received: 6/2/2016 12:13:53 AM
Commenter: JAYNE FREUDENBERGER
Organization: LWV BELLINGHAM WHATCOM
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Comment on the Millennial DEIS:
The DEIS says the health related fears of coal dust is legitimate if you live near the terminal or the 16 additional trains that will traversing our state each day bringing the coal from the mines to the proposed terminal. Even under good conditions the average 125 open top trains will emit 12,125 lbs. of coal dust in just over 400 miles of travel. (Jaffe Study Nov. 2015). Furthermore, just this week, Dr. Joel Kaufman from the University of Washington published findings on a study that correlated increased heart disease with pollution These findings are enough to make us question the wisdom of this project and the wisdom of the drafters of the DEIS in not analyzing emissions from current coal terminals. In the EIS the stated figure for PM 10 is 7.08 tons of pollutant for the Millennial terminal: yet a terminal in operation with all the known dust suppression equipment available , the Hay Point Terminal in Australia which exports 44 million tons of coal a year, self -reports a PM 10 emission rate of 154 tons. Either the proponents of Millennial are lying or sadly mistaken. Where are the comparison figures of other like facilities in the DEIS?
Add to this the lack of market in China and the Far East. Is this a case of build it and hope the market will rebound? Wait, China is not only cutting its coal imports, it is drastically cutting its number of new factories and let’s not forget China has far more coal than it needs and is closing an additional 1000 coal mines a year. Imagine building this dinosaur and then having the environmental cleanup in our hands when it goes bankrupt. Speaking of which, the coal companies that back this project are all in bankrupt proceedings. Not only will they not pay creditors, they are reneging on promises for retiree health care and the outlook for pension benefits is dim.
Our planet is reeling under the effects of Climate Change already—the catastrophic events—more hurricanes, tornadoes, drought and warming oceans have begun. The time to reject any more burning of fossil fuels is now: our efforts should reach toward renewable energy sources and a fight to save our world for our grandchildren.
Submitted by: Jayne Freudenberger for the The League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County