Like a monster, the proposed Kalama methanol refinery on the Columbia River refuses to die.
Washington State recently denied a crucial permit to Kalama backers (the Chinese government), putting a stop to the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery — or so we thought. Now the monster is appealing the state’s decision (which may be heard this summer. We will be watching!) AND it’s gasping to stay alive by asking for an 18-month extension on their air discharge permit. Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is responsible for enforcing air quality standards for the southwest counties in our state. Soon they will be deciding whether or not to grant this (dying) wish to the Kalama project. We think not!
Please take action before 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Write to SWCAA. Ask them to deny the Clean Air Act permit extension for the Kalama methanol refinery. This monstrous climate polluter must be stopped!
Mr. Wess Safford, Air Quality Engineer
Reference Permit Number ADP16-3204; Include your full name and address; Say why you care, focusing on just one point
Comment Talking Points from NoMethanol360: https://nomethanol360.com/action.html
Safe Shippers have said time and again that this project is bad for our planet, our state and for our orcas who feed off salmon from the Columbia River — and we won’t stop until the Kalama refinery’s very last breath.
Keep up the good work, Safe Shippers!
Action Details from Columbia Riverkeeper: https://columbiariverkeeper.salsalabs.org/20210304kalamaairpermit?wvpId=506e37c9-5cf2-484e-8782-c146634f5940
In the News
Mar 9, 2021. The Reflector: “Kalama methanol facility backers seek permit appeal, extension”
Jan 20, 2021. The Daily News: “Ecology denies permit for Kalama methanol plant, NWIW has appeal option”
Dec 17, 2020. Sightline Institute: “Muscling political advantage to push Kalama petrochemical project?”
Sep 2, 2020. Center for Biological Diversity: “Analysis: Proposed Washington Methanol Refinery Would Produce Massive Pollution”