Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002183
Received: 6/7/2016 7:03:26 PM
Commenter: Kathy Blythe
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I appreciate the opportunity to add my voice to that of others in supporting the environmental study for the proposed port at Longview. The DEIS will present a clear picture of how Millennium Bulk Terminals will proceed in opening and operating this port and the economic, environmental, and social benefits of this project are deserving of approval.
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.
Thank you for the chance to make my voice heard on this very important issue. I think this project has the potential to transform the community and I hope that you will take that into account as you begin your review of the project.