After reading the Health Impact Statement (HIA) from Monday Sept. 10, 2019 reiterating the dangers of bringing the Millennium Bulk Terminals, coal export terminal, into Cowlitz County, I am shocked. The impact of the coal dust and diesel particulate matter (DPM) emissions would affect thousands of people, especially those with already compromised immune systems and lower income families living near the track. It’s not just the issues of noise pollution, water pollution (effecting the tribal fishing rights), and the effect on community parks and schools. Consider the escalation in hospitalization from heart and lung disease. Cowlitz County has a higher rate of hospitalization and death related to bad quality of air, more than anywhere in Washington State. This proposal will bring polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into the environment. PAHs are correlated to liver, stomach, bladder and lung cancers. Why would we consider this proposal, our community already suffers many health disparities? I hope that others in the community realize these dangers and protest this tragedy.
Patrice Leonard, RN-BC
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