Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002055
Received: 6/7/2016 12:46:36 PM
Commenter: Marty Bankhead
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
to: Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS, c/o ICF International
Ladies and Gentlemen;
Having attended the public hearing in Longview, WA, I would like to submit the following comments.
The DEIS is intended to identify clearly the impacts of the project, and possible mitigations for same; yet has no clear limit for coal dust exiting open cars, or any clear action plan to deal with it. This raises serious concerns about coal dust along the entire route from the Powder River Basin to Longview, and particularly at the proposed Port of Longview’s 75-acre site of open stockpiles. 75 acres of huge, open, piles of coal chunks and dust immediately to the west of town.
I submit that more study of coal dust impact associated with this project is seriously needed. For example: known wind speeds in the Kelso/Longview area - the DAILY average West wind speed of up to 18 mph (not including gusts) is enough to move “dust, loose paper and small branches”(usairnet.com) - certainly enough to move coal dust. Seasonal winds of 60+ mph. are not uncommon, so both must be accounted for in any EIS mitigation plan.
Despite Millennium’s surfactant spray, coal dust escapes from EVERY coal car in the mile-long trains moving to AND from Longview. Does the DEIS accurately reflect the upward draft effect of open coal cars moving 30+ mph into, and out of, town or the amount of coal dust deposited on the ground, that any walking observer can see?
If not, more study is needed, since in some areas of coal transport, a full 20% of the soil, a full kilometer away from the tracks, is coal dust. Given the location of the bulk terminal and its proximity to the region-essential BPA power facility, local schools, and hospitals in the city of Longview, the effects of coal dust on both electrical equipment and human health needs to be accurately accounted for in any EIS mitigation plan.
Another impact that is not addressed is final clean-up. Where is the clear and complete description of total impact and reparations to be made to the actual terminal site? A complete EIS must include this mitigation plan, and the source of funding to accomplish it, for when the Millennium Bulk Terminal closes.
I urge you to choose the “No Action” alternative. Thank you.