Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002242 

Received: 6/9/2016 1:08:09 AM
Commenter: Rosemarie Bisiar
Organization: 
State: Washington

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
June 6, 2016 The time has come to get beyond our acceptance of using coal or any other fossil fuels to provide energy anywhere on this planet. We know it is toxic to our environment, & many life forms including us. The Millennium Bulk Terminals’ dirty coal export proposal makes no sense at all ---- especially when considering our challenge to address climate change issues that have been compounded by our continued use of fossil fuels for energy needs when there are clean, sustainable, & renewable sources available. I see many potential environmental impacts that cross state borders and international boundaries that are not addressed in the site EIS for this project. Health and safety risks abound for all the communities that are situated close to the tracks that will be used to transport the coal to the proposed terminal. The health of the residents of the communities receiving and burning this coal is also in jeopardy due to the air pollution caused by the burning of such fuels. Then we in turn will be the recipients of the particulate pollution that is carried back across the ocean. The tracks used to transport this dirty material follows many miles of rivers (Columbia & Spokane Rivers)that will be jeopardizing key water sources that many communities rely on for their health and sustainability. We cannot afford to risk having our rivers & other waterways polluted and destroyed by accidents to the rail cars along the river banks or spillage into these waters. Quite simply, the coal should remain in the ground; the terminal should not be built; we should not be transporting this material. I recommend the No Action alternative be taken on this proposal.