Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002581
Received: 6/13/2016 8:26:11 AM
Commenter: Ann Barry
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I am a resident of Kennewick, Washington, opposed to the construction of the Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Washington. Although eastern Washington is sparsely populated compared to the western side of the state, the BNSF railroad runs the length of many towns, within blocks of homes, schools and athletic fields. Our eastern Washington climate is dry and very often windy, frequently leading to poor air quality due to dust in the air. Adding coal dust to the mix will only make matters worse for the many who suffer from respiratory illnesses in our region. Beyond my local concerns, the reality of climate change means that the U.S. should be weaning its economy off the burning, mining and export of coal, rather than investing heavily in it. While I appreciate that Longview needs jobs, the coal train terminal will only bring 135 permanent jobs, not enough to transform their economy. The cost to the environment and health of the Washington state residents is far too high.