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  • NW Innovation Works Shorelines Permit Hearing
    Updated On: Jan 19, 2017

    WHAT: NW Innovation Works Shorelines Permit Hearing

    WHEN: January 23-25, 2017, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily

    WHERE: Cowlitz County Event Center

    ADDRESS: 1900 7th Ave SW, Longview, WA 98632

    Event Schedule**:

    **Subject to change by Hearing Examiner

    January 23, 2017

    8:30 a.m.              Open doors to allow attendees to enter the building and for comment sign ups.   Public Comments will be given on a first-come, first serve method.

    9:00 a.m.              Hearing Examiner            Introductory remarks by Hearing Examiner

    9:10 a.m.              County Cowlitz County staff presentation

    9:25 a.m.              Applicant             Applicants Port and NWI-K presentations

    Noon                    Lunch break

    1:30 p.m.             Hearing Examiner            Public testimony

    5:00 p.m.             Day 1 hearing concludes

    January 24, 2017

    8:30 a.m.             Open doors to allow attendees to enter the building and for comment sign ups.   Public Comments will be given on a first come, first serve method.      

                    9:00 a.m.              Hearing Examiner            Public testimony

                    Noon                    Lunch break

                    1:30 p.m.              Hearing Examiner            Public testimony

                    5:00 p.m.              Day 2 hearing concludes


    January 25, 2017 (IF NEEDED)

    8:30 a.m.           Open doors to allow attendees to enter the building and for comment sign ups.   Public Comments will be given on a first come, first serve method.      

    9:00 a.m.            Hearing Examiner            Public testimony

    Noon                   Lunch break

    1:30 p.m.             Hearing Examiner            Staff and Applicants’ response and public testimony-

    4:30 p.m.             Hearing Examiner            Closing remarks by Hearing Examiner

    5:00 p.m.             Hearing Examiner            Conclude hearing.

    We are looking to optimize attendance for the 23rd  and potentially the 24th, so please plan accordingly.

    Key Messages & Supporting Facts


    •             Jobs: 1000 jobs during peak construction (2+ years) and nearly 700 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be created during operations.  The average estimated salary will be $71,000 annually, roughly $10,000 above Cowlitz County’s median family income and $24,000 higher that the median annual wage in the County. 

    •             Spending: During construction, nearly $700 million will be spent on local labor, goods, and services. This will bring over $620 million in direct economic impact and nearly $500 million in indirect economic impact. 

    •             Tax Revenue: NWIW will pay $57.9 million in state and local taxes during construction and $30-40 million annually during operations.  $48 million in sales tax receipts will go to the state and county during construction.  This will strengthen state and local authorities to build new community facilities, enhance local infrastructure and improve our schools.


    •             Safety Systems: To significantly reduce the chance of spills, fires and explosions, all natural gas, chemical processing, and methanol production will be managed through an enclosed process with state of the art safety systems. 

    •             Emergency Response: NWIW will work closely with emergency responders and regulatory agencies to develop contingency plans that include dedicated and trained on-site fire brigades and equipment to respond to any potential emergency.

    •             Responsible Care: NWIW is committed to the training of its workforce and contractors to the standards and processes of the Responsible Care™ program, a comprehensive safety, health and environmental program, as described and developed by the American Chemistry Council

    •             Worst Case Analysis:  The opposition has repeatedly deceived the public about explosions, fires, and a theoretical 6-mile blast zone.  Their arguments are based on impossible physics and frightening YouTube videos of incidents that have zero relation to a methanol plant.  Here are the facts -- Extensive and conservative modeling conducted by risk assessment experts shows that a worst case incident (fire, explosion, or spill) at the methanol plant would not result in serious injuries or health impacts anywhere offsite.


    •             Air:  By using natural gas as a feedstock and implementing ultra-low-emissions technology (announced in August 2015), carbon emissions will be reduced by up to 90% compared to coal to methanol manufacturing.

    •             Air: The Kalama Facility Final Environmental Impact Statement states that air pollutants generated by the plant will “comply with emission standards”. The detailed analysis demonstrates that all emissions of air pollutants from the plant itself would be sufficiently low to protect human health and safety in accordance with Washington state law.

    •             Natural Gas Infrastructure: The Kalama facility will require a 3.1-mile natural gas pipeline extension. The current capacity of natural gas is more than adequate to supply the facility contrary to the opposition’s fabrications that suggest new infrastructure will be required.   

    •             Water: NW Innovation Works is the first company along the Columbia River to invest in Zero Liquid Discharge technology (announced in October 2016).  With this innovative technology, all facility wastewater discharge into the Columbia will be eliminated. 100% of the wastewater will be recycled and reused in the facility. Additionally, usage of ZLD will reduce raw well water usage at the Kalama Facility by over 150 million gallons annually. 


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