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Methanol Planting Scoping Process Paused by NWIW
We just received the following message regarding the proposed methanol plant in the Port of Tacoma:
In response to public concerns, Northwest Innovation Works has asked the City of Tacoma to pause the environmental review of our proposed methanol plant in Tacoma.
NWIW’s goal is to build a local industry that contributes to the economy and protects the environment by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. NWIW’s use of new clean technology provides an exciting opportunity for Washington and Oregon to become world leaders in addressing climate change through innovation by producing methanol and the products we use every day in a more environmentally responsible way. The Pacific Northwest’s dedication to environmental protection is one of the reasons NWIW chose this region for its facilities.
Given these objectives, we have been surprised by the tone and substance of the vocal opposition that has emerged in Tacoma. To force a facility on a community that does not welcome it would not be consistent with our goals. Therefore, we have decided to pause the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental review process in Tacoma.
We will use the next several months to engage the Tacoma community in further dialogue. This will provide us an opportunity to share more details about our proposed project, discuss the environmental and safety procedures we are planning, and hear directly from the public about their concerns, as well as receive input on further innovations.
We thank those who have shown support for our project, especially the working men and women in the building trades, the Port of Tacoma, and many other community leaders. We remain committed to Tacoma, and will restart the process after assessing the results of our engagement with the community.
Murray V. Godley, III
It will be interesting to see where things go from here.
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