Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002525 

Received: 6/11/2016 11:53:36 AM
Commenter: Gary Bloxham
Organization: CCL Bellevue
State: Washington

Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
From: Gary A. Bloxham Subject: Opposition to Millennium Bulk Coal Terminal Gentlemen: I wish to express my opposition to the MBCT because I feel that it will be a severe environmental blight and health hazard. Those adversely affected range from the region surrounding the mining operations to those communities through which a horrendous number of coal trains must pass, as well as the homes, businesses and schools surrounding the terminal. Here are the reasons for my concerns: 1. Coal is becoming an uneconomic energy source. Throughout the United States major coal companies are filing for bankruptcy and/or going out of business. Fracking and sustainable energy has destroyed coal as a profitable energy source. In the wake of this financial disaster, coal companies are leaving behind open sources of pollution which are huge health hazards, as well as scarred landscapes from the mining operations. Coal companies have a legal and financial obligation to clean up the pollution and restore the land. Unfortunately, these bankruptcies and financial failures are leaving the states and affected communities with the responsibility to resolve and mitigate the problems left behind. 2. The strip mining in Montana and Wyoming is polluting the land and water. 3. Coal terminals are a health hazard. In Mobile, AL, even the downtown business district is affected by the dust. Testing has shown that homes and schools in the region are subjected to levels of coal dust that is not only visually disgusting, but is a severe health hazard. This is especially critical to the young children in the nearby schools, whose still developing lungs and pulmonary function is especially vulnerable to toxic coal dust. Longview should not be subjected to this health problem. For these reasons, I feel that the EIS should deny the permit for construction of the Millennium Bulk Coal Terminal. This is a dangerous dinosaur whose economic justification has already ended.