Do you support Northwest Innovation Works’ investment of $2 billion to bring an environmentally responsible clean-tech methanol facility to SW Washington that will not only combat our global climate change crisis but will also bring family wages to SW Washington?
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NW Innovation Works (NWIW) is investing over $2B in a new, clean tech methanol manufacturing facility designed to reduce coal consumption and combat our global climate change crisis. Through our clean tech facility, we will set new industrial manufacturing environmental standards for the methanol manufacturing process by reducing global GHG’s, protecting our local waterways and significantly enhancing our local, state and national economies.
NW Innovation Works is bringing a new clean tech economic engine to SW Washington through family wage job creation, local spending on goods and services and contributing millions to local and state tax revenues.
Jobs: With 1000 jobs during peak construction (2+ years) and nearly 700 direct and indirect family wage jobs when the facility is fully operational, the facility will bring a new high-tech economic engine to a region that not benefited from the internet technology boom that other areas of the state have enjoyed.
Spending: During construction, NWIW will bring nearly $700 million in local spending on labor, goods, services, with over $620 million in direct economic impact and nearly $500 million in indirect economic impact. As the project moves into operations phase, $21 million in annual salaries will be paid, with a significant percentage spent at local businesses. This level of local spending grows small businesses, increases land and property value and enhances the overall quality of life for residents.
Tax Revenue: NWIW will pay $57.9 million in taxes during construction and $30-40 million in annual taxes during operations. This funding will help state and local authorities create new community facilities, enhance community infrastructure and improve local schools which will further enhance the quality of life for local citizens and their families.
NW Innovation Works is setting new industry standards for environmental responsibility to help ensure our global community has clean air to breathe and safe water to drink now and for generations to come.
Air: NW Innovation Works is committed to reducing the global carbon footprint of coal to methanol manufacturing facilities over the next decade. By using Ultra-Low Emission (ULE) technology and natural gas, NWIW will reduce carbon emissions by up to 90% compared to coal to methanol manufacturing process and improve global air quality.
Air: The Kalama Facility Final Environmental Impact Statement states that air pollutants generated by the plant will “comply with emission standards” with “concentrations less than the respective screening level thresholds.” The detailed analysis demonstrates that all emissions of air pollutants from the plant itself would be sufficiently small to protect human health and safety in accordance with Washington state law.
Water: NW Innovation Works is proud to be the first company along the Columbia River to invest in Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technology which will eliminate the discharge of all facility wastewater. The ZLD technology system recycles and reuses the water used at the NWIW facility and eliminates wastewater discharges to the environment completely. The ZLD technology alternative avoids discharge of wastewater into the Columbia River, eliminating potential impact on the river water and aquatic life.
The safety of our community, employees, and the environment are priority number one for NW Innovation Works. We are committed to implementing state of the art safety standards that meet or exceed local, state and federal regulations.
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 mechanisms.
Federal & Local Regulations: NWIW will meet or exceed state and federal environmental regulations, along with local fire, zoning, and other laws and regulations.
Emergency Response: NWIW will work closely with first responders and regulatory agencies to develop contingency plans that include dedicated and trained on-site fire brigades and equipment to support any potential emergency.