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Port of Kalama Files Appeal to Shorelines Conditional Use Permit

The Port of Kalama today filed an appeal to the conditions placed on the Shorelines Conditional Use Permit for the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF) by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE).

“While the Port is in no way opposed to regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Port believes that GHG emissions are appropriately addressed in the air emissions permit for the manufacturing facility not a shorelines decision,” said Mark Wilson, Port of Kalama Executive Director. “We believe that the Shorelines Management Act is not intended, nor does it grant the authority, to regulate Greenhouse Gas (GHS)—It is for the protection and proper management of the shoreline. Our appeal is about the precedent setting nature of the permit.”

The primary shoreline impact of the overall project is a marine terminal which will be built, owned and operated by the Port of Kalama.  Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) will be the primary user of the facility, but it will also be available for lay berth use by other ships. The Port will charge fees for the use of the terminal by NWIW and other users.

The marine terminal will include a dock, berth, loading equipment, utilities and a storm water system.  Ships calling at the terminal for methanol will connect to shore power which reduces emissions to the air from ship engines.

For more information on the port’s appeal documents click here.

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State Department of Ecology Approves Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility Use Permit

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) today approved the Shorelines Conditional Use Permit for the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF).

This permit is the result of a long and comprehensive public process through which the community and other stakeholders participated in submitting comments and suggestions for the development.

The Port of Kalama appreciates DOE’s diligence in reviewing the permit application.

The primary shoreline impact of the overall project is a marine terminal which will be built, owned and operated by the Port of Kalama.  Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) will be the primary user of the facility, but it will also be available for layberth use by other ships. The Port will charge fees for the use of the terminal by NWIW and other users.

The marine terminal will include a dock, berth, loading equipment, utilities and a stormwater system.  Methanol ships calling at the terminal will connect to shore power which reduces emissions to the air from ship engines.

The majority of the emissions associated with the condition are not located in the shoreline jurisdiction.  Nonetheless, Ecology is seeking to impose limitations on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the overall project in the shoreline/conditional use permit.

“The GHG emissions condition by Ecology appears to be unprecedented and will require further evaluation to understand the implications for development throughout the state,” said Mark Wilson, Executive Director.  Port attorneys are reviewing the permit and the conditions.

Greenhouse gas emissions are a worldwide issue. The KMMEF project contributes to a significant net reduction in GHG emissions by replacing coal methanol with Ultra-Low-Emission gas methanol.

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