Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002198
Received: 6/7/2016 7:15:34 PM
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Allow me to voice my strong support for the proposed port at Longview. We need to move on as quickly as possible. The draft EIS is sufficient and complete, it’s time for progress.
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.
I greatly appreciate you considering my input.