Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002571
Received: 6/13/2016 1:00:59 AM
Commenter: Cynthia Bratz
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
As an environmental engineer (licensed in WA, OR and ID), I have read (done my due diligence) all the current climate assessment reports (IPCC AR5 and the National Climate Assessment being the latest), along with reports by Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and UW Climate Impacts Group. There is consensus among climate scientists worldwide that we cannot burn all known fossil fuel reserves and retain a planet with anywhere near the natural resources we have now. To imagine the Northwest without snow (this is projected by the end of this century!), increased drought and wildfire, water supply problems to people, a high extinction rate. And not even for the benefit of the American people. This is to sell coal (the dirties of all fossil fuels) to China (and others?) to make money for the fossil fuel industry. I can't believe we're even considering this! We must leave fossil fuels in the ground.
We are already seeing serious effects from climate change. Atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases is currently >400 ppm (the safe concentration is 350 ppm), and these gases will remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. Climate change from human emissions of greenhouse gases is not reversible within the human timescale. Many cities and utilities west of the Cascades (where I work) are gravely concerned about this and feel that they don't have control over their own destiny in this regard.
The draft EIS clearly states the impacts from climate change for the proposed alternative. We Americans cannot in good conscience allow facilities like the Millennium Bulk Terminals be built and proceed to operate. The climate impacts alone are sufficient to justify a strong NO. Climate impacts would increase the risk of wildfire and flooding to a large degree along the Columbia River Gorge and all areas, particularly west of the Cascades. Additional impacts include exposure to metals and toxics from coal dust - these would be significant impacts to fish and aquatic life, wildlife, and particularly to humans.
I support the NO ACTION alternative for the Millennium Bulk Terminals.