Tacoma Methanol Plant Public Meetings

Plant#TACOMAFM – Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:30 PM, a meeting was held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway.  The transcript and recording of this meeting are posted below.

Scoping Meeting Transcript (January 21, 2016)

Scoping Meeting Recording Part 1 Intro (January 21, 2016)

Scoping Meeting Recording Part 2 (January 21, 2016)

Scoping Meeting Recording Part 3 (January 21, 2016)

Additional meetings will be held, as follows.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 6:30 PM, at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 5th Floor, 1500 Broadway.  The doors will open at 5:00 for speaker sign-up and the meeting will begin at 6:30; speakers will be called upon in the order of sign-up.  The draft Scope of Work will be available for review by February 5 and will be posted here, so that comments may include a review of the scope of work.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:30 PM, at Meeker Middle School, 4402 Nassau Avenue NE.  The doors will open at 5:00 for speaker sign-up and the meeting will begin at 6:30; speakers will be called upon in the order of sign-up.  The draft Scope of Work will be available for review by February 5 and will be posted on this web page, so that comments may include a review of the scope of work.  This meeting is being scheduled to make it easier for Northeast Tacoma residents to attend.

The purpose of the public scoping meetings is to provide information about the proposed project and to provide an opportunity to make oral comment on the scope of the EIS.  Additionally, written comments will be accepted at the meetings.  Comment forms will be available.

All submitted comments will be entered in the proposal’s environmental review record as scoping comments.  Written comments are due no later than Friday, March 4, 2016, 5:00 PM.  Comments may be submitted at the above-mentioned scoping meetings or e-mailed to Tacoma.methanol.sepa@cityoftacoma.org.

Northwest Innovation Works, Tacoma, LLC (NWIWT) proposes to develop and operate a natural gas-to-methanol production plant and export facility on approximately 125 acres in the Port of Tacoma. The project objective is the manufacture and shipment of methanol to global markets for use as a feedstock for manufacturing olefins used in the production of plastics and other materials.

Through ongoing engineering efforts, NWIWT has identified design features that allow for greater volumes of water to be reused throughout the methanol production process. These design features mean water usage at the facility will be reduced by approximately 28 percent to an estimated 10.4 million gpd. This is a decline from earlier preliminary estimates of 14.4 million gpd.

The City of Tacoma is the Lead Agency for the purposes of completing environmental review pursuant to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Under state regulations at WAC 197-11 and Tacoma Municipal Code 13.12, the City will be issuing a Determination of Significance and requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS is not a substitute for permit review. It is a process that develops information that is used to support permit review and development of recommended mitigation measures related to potential impacts to matters such as transportation, fire, health and safety.

Key permits for this project include the City of Tacoma Shoreline Substantial Development Permit, Department of Ecology Water Quality Certification, the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Hydraulic Project Approval, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sections 10 and 404 permits, and a Notice of Construction air contaminant permit from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The federal permits will likely involve a thorough review of waterway operations by the US Coast Guard.