Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00438 

Received: 1/27/2021 12:01:26 PM
Commenter: Cody  Perry
State: Colorado

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
The Uinta Basin Railway's analysis does not adequately consider impacts to more than 400 streams and thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, including crucial areas that pronghorn and mule deer migration and seasonal habitat. Mitigation plans for greater sage-grouse and other wildlife must be further anayalized . The study fails to acknowledge the devastation the Uinta Basin Railway will inflict on air, water and wildlife by the cumulative impacts of the associated extraction process. The plan lacks adequate recognition and meaningful mitigation measures.  Local communities are already impacted by seasonal air quality and Ozone non-attainment, the basin routinely violates federal clean air standards. Ozone pollution can cause reduced lung function and asthma attacks, causing visits to emergency rooms and even premature death. The study fails to address the cumulative impacts the railway will have contributing to air quality issues and the disproportionate impacts suffered by area residents.