NWIW is working closely with the Port of Kalama, the City of Kalama, Cowlitz County, and Cowlitz County Fire District 5 to consider the unique site needs at the Port of Kalama. Our facility will meet and exceed local, state, and federal regulations that address the safety of our employees and surrounding communities. We are committed to working with the community to address any concerns that are identified during permitting and design, such as traffic, noise, safety, environmental impacts, or other questions about the facility.
The Port of Kalama has owned the project site since 1979 and has prepared the site for industrial development. Other projects have been proposed for the site, but not built. The site is designated for heavy industrial use by Cowlitz County. The site is large enough for the project and is close to an existing natural gas transmission line. Water is available from the Port of Kalama. The shoreline is suitable for the construction of a dock large enough for the ships that will carry the methanol product. To learn more about the Port of Kalama visit www.portofkalama.com.
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a clear and colorless liquid. It is found naturally at low concentration in some fruits and vegetables, but is produced for commercial or industrial uses from natural gas or coal. Methanol is biodegradable and non-carcinogenic, but it is poisonous to humans if ingested or absorbed in more than small amounts. Methanol is used to make many consumer products such as medical equipment, recreational equipment, technology devices, clothing and auto parts to name just a few.
The State of Washington reviews the environmental effects of proposals for manufacturing plants which are carried out through a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental impact statement (EIS). The Final EIS was completed on September 30, 2016 and can be viewed at the Kalama SEPA website.
Cover letter, Fact Sheet, and TOC
Chapter 1: Summary
Chapter 2: Proposed Project and Alternatives
Chapter 3: Earth
Chapter 4: Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Chapter 5: Water Resources
Chapter 6: Plants and Animals
Chapter 7: Energy and Natural Resources
Chapter 8: Environmental Health and Safety
Chapter 9: Land Use and Shoreline Use, Housing, and Development
Chapter 10: Aesthetics and Visual Resources
Chapter 11: Historic and Cultural Resources
Chapter 12: Transportation
Chapter 13: Public Services and Utilities
Chapter 14: Noise
Chapter 15: Cumulative Impacts
Chapter 16: Public Comments
Chapter 17: Response to Comments
Chapter 18: Distribution List
All Final EIS Chapters - WARNING LARGE FILE