Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001934 

Received: 6/6/2016 12:43:18 PM
Commenter: Robert Betts
Organization: 
State: Idaho

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
The Draft EIS doesa not adaquately address the impacst of rail transport of coal through communities in Idaho and Montana. The proposed increase in coal train traffic of 16 additional trains a day is unacceptable and increases the potential for accidents such as the June 2016 oil train derailment and fire at Mosier in the Columbia River basin. I am especially concerned with traffic delays which will occur at "at grade crossings" and with coal dust residue produced by open coal cars. Two coal dust spray stations are not enough to mitigate the impact of coal dust along the rail route. The creation of a few jobs in Washington state does not justify the environmental impact of extracting and burning more coal when the global effort to reduce CO2 emmissions is paramont to reducing climate change. Increased extraction of coal and transport of coal for shipment overseas is a bad idea. I am opposed to the construction of the Longview Terminal