Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002437 

Received: 6/10/2016 12:14:26 AM
Commenter: Marty 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 Millenium Bulk Terminals-Longview project proposal DEIS addresses only the project area and nearby surroundings. This scope is too narrow to adequately understand the significance of farther-reaching effects of increased coal train traffic, export, and burning. The DEIS should have included detailed analyses of increased train traffic along the entire railway corridor from loading sites in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to the terminus. It also should have addressed the broad spectrum of worldwide impacts such a terminus could have on increased coal production, export, and use. The environmental impacts on increased carbon production cannot be ignored. My town of Sandpoint, Idaho, already knows the impacts of many trains each day. We have slow crossings, fatal accidents, coal dust and pieces, and the potential for disastrous spills from derailments – especially directly over Lake Pend Oreille. Increasing numbers of coal trains running through our community would constitute a significant impact. The requirement of an EIS to address only the locus of a terminal is flawed. Please choose the No-Action alternative. Thank you.