Days left to add your comments to Everett’s coal train letter
EVERETT - Everett residents have until Monday, Jan. 7 to have the city include their comments to a letter the city prepared on the proposed mega coal train terminal in Bellingham.
The deadline for the general public to comment on the terminal is Jan. 21. Instructions on how to send comments directly to the agencies reviewing the project is online at www.eisgatewaypacificwa.gov.
The city wrote its own letter to the three lead agencies reviewing the project and is asking for feedback and for people to add their own comments to Everett’s letter. If people want their comments sent in with the city’s, they can send comments to Everett’s planning department by e-mail at email@example.com or postal mail to: City of Everett Planning Department, Attn: Dave Tyler, 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 8A, Everett, WA 98201.
A Seattle company is proposing sending 18 coal trains a day from Wyoming and Montana through Snohomish County to a proposed $500 million terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham. In Everett, full coal trains would travel along tracks under the bluffs of Grand Avenue and empty trains would go back by way of an at-grade crossing at the Snohomish-Lowell River Road.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state Department of Ecology and Whatcom County are leading the environmental review in this state.
Everett drafted a two-page letter on the proposal last month. People can read the letter on the city’s planning department webpage at a link called “Coal Trains.”
Everett’s letter asks the agencies to address 11 different items, including traffic impacts at at-grade crossings, railway impacts to The Boeing Co.’s shipping needs, landslide impacts along Port Gardner bluff, structural impacts the heavy coal trains would have on tunnels downtown and if trains would still pass through Everett to a port in British Columbia if the Bellingham proposal is denied.
The city of Mukilteo sent a thorough three-page letter to the reviewing agencies in December.
In the letter, Mukilteo asks the agencies to consider the ramifications of coal train backups along its waterfront, vibration impacts, traffic impacts, environmental impacts and other impacts.
People can request a copy of Mukilteo’s letter by calling Mukilteo City Hall at 360-263-8000.
People can send their comments directly to the reviewing agencies by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to GPT/Custer Spur EIS c/o CH2M HILL, 1100 112th Avenue NE Ste. 400, Bellevue, WA 98004.
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