Whether you are for, against or undecided on the proposed methanol plant for the Tacoma tideflats, please participate in the City of Tacoma’s environmental review process. The next public scoping meeting is Feb. 24, and comments are due by March 4.
Proposed by Northwest Innovation Works on property owned by the Port of Tacoma, the methanol facility would be the largest in the world. The City of Tacoma is conducting the environmental review. As a City planner said at the Feb. 10 public scoping meeting, more people are engaged in this project than almost any other Tacoma project in the last 20 years.
What would you like to know about it — jobs, climate change, water use or other topics? Now is the time to ask. You can speak or provide written comments at the public meetings, or email or mail written comments. Learn more about how to comment on the City’s webpage.
The Port of Tacoma, which signed a lease for this project with Northwest Innovation Works in 2014, will hold a study session on the project at its Feb. 18 meeting. Public comment is included on the meeting agenda.
Feb. 24 public scoping meeting
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center ballroom
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. to sign up to speak. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
For more information
- Project information on NW Innovation Works’ webpage and Citizens for a Healthy Bay’s webpage
- The Center for Urban Waters will host four free sessions to learn more about the science on the proposed natural gas to methanol plant. Register here.
- Wilma Subra will speak on the environmental and health impacts of methanol plants at a free presentation, Feb 23 at 8 pm. Informational flyer.
- Several citizen groups oppose the project, and some sponsor citizen initiatives. These groups include Red Line Tacoma and Save Tacoma Water.
- Tacoma News Tribune article, Feb 8, 2016: “Tacoma to cast a wide net in reckoning impact of proposed methanol plant”
- On Twitter, follow the discussion with hashtags #methanol253 and #methanolplant.
** Engage Northwest does not work on this project and currently does not represent any of the parties listed in this blog.**