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

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

Port of Kalama, environment, marina, recreation, water, Columbia River

The mission of the Port of Kalama is to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs & enhance public recreational opportunities.

This permit is the result of a long and comprehensive public process.

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.

GHG 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.

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet:
The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 1,000 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 30-minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: Visit http://portofkalama.com/available-properties/.

Contact: Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2379 or Claudia Johnson, PR, 503-799-2220.

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