- Last Updated: Saturday, 15 February 2014 14:53
I am Charlotte Persons, a resident of this area for over 20 years, and president of Willapa Hills Audubon Society. Willapa Hills Audubon Society is concerned about the health of the estuary habitat of the Columbia River—for wildlife AND humans:
We ask that that the EIS carefully consider three aspects of protecting the habitat that we live in:
(1) The health of residents, especially in areas close to the proposed site. While winds will blow coal dust from the coal terminal and the trains that supply it throughout our area, people living and working in the Highlands and Mint Farm areas will be most critically affected. Residents of existing coal terminals in our region, in British Columbia and Alaska, regularly complain of the black dust that coats their houses and boats. Exposure to coal dust has been linked to increases in chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. The proposed Millennium terminal is only slightly more than a mile from homes and schools in Longview. We ask that the EIS carefully examine these potential health impacts.