Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0003260
Received: 6/13/2016 7:17:44 PM
Commenter: Caroline Armon
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
The Columbia River may be many miles away from the San Juan Islands, but we are all connected by the endangered keystone salmon and endangered Southern Resident orca. Our islands' icons swim that distance for sustenance - endangered Columbia Chinook salmon. The proposed Millennium coal export project, if approved, would increase the number of vessels navigating the Columbia to and from Asia. Any increase in ships, and their hazardous cargo and fuel, elevates the risk of accidents and spills in the river and surrounding coastal waters -- salmon waters -- further jeopardizing the salmon and orca fragile existence.
In San Juan County, our tourism economy and island way of life are inseparable from the fate of the orcas. For islanders, protecting them is both a federal and personal mandate. The coal terminals DEIS barely mentions the orca, but it does reveal a multitude of adverse impacts to Chinook salmon as a result of this project.
This project will also spread toxic coal dust in dozens of Northwest communities, clog our railroads and ports, risk our families' health, pollute our air and water, and stoke the climate crisis. These negative repercussions will impact the entire Northwest.
The project will impact salmon habitat. If the salmon are harmed, so are the orca and 137 other species that depend on these keystone salmon. The final EIS needs to include all these impacts.
I support the "no-action alternative" for this project.