Kalama methanol backers weigh options

first_imgLONGVIEW — Methanol proponents say they’re committed to seeing the $1.8 billion plant through in spite of a state board’s reversal on Friday of two major permits needed for the project. While the Port of Kalama and Northwest Innovation Works weigh their options, Gov. Jay Inslee maintained his support for the project, which would increase state greenhouse gas emissions by 1.28 percent annually.“The appeal process is a necessary part of that review. We fully expect the company to address the additional information needs as outlined by the recent decision of the Shoreline Hearing’s Board,” Inslee spokeswoman Tara Lee said Wednesday.Inslee has traveled to Kalama in support of the methanol project, which would use new technology to cut emissions by 31 percent compared to traditional manufacturing methods. Proponents also have argued the project would help China reduce its climate change impacts by replacing coal-based methanol with natural-gas based methanol, a key ingredient in producing plastic. Additionally, the Department of Ecology would require Northwest Innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.7 percent annually until 2035.“The governor is pleased that NWIW is looking to Washington state with new and cleaner technologies to make their product. The company has been diligent in working with both the community and local and state agencies in going through our rigorous environmental review,” Lee said.Even with the cleaner production methods, though, the project would still release a little over 1 million metric tons of greenhouse gas annually, the equivalent emissions of 260,000 passenger cars.last_img read more