RE: Shorelines Hearing Board Decision Related To The Kalama Methanol Manufacturing and Export Facility Environmental Impact Statement  (EIS)

“Permitting is a collaborative effort with the agencies that regulate projects. A project of this size requires diligent effort and coordination.  In the case of greenhouse gases (GHG), there is no specific law or rule to determine what constitutes adequate environmental review of GHG impacts.  The EIS, which was produced jointly by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County, is an excellent work product.  The study required thousands of hours of work by expert consultants from many fields and closely adhered to state Department of Ecology guidance and input.

So while we are obviously disappointed in the Shoreline Hearings Board decision, we remain committed to our mission balancing environmental stewardship with the economy and jobs, and with our quality of life. The Port of Kalama remains committed to staying the course in support of the proposed Kalama Methanol Manufacturing and Export Facility project.  It is a very important project for our community.”