Port of Tacoma won’t get massive methanol plant
Kate Martin and Derrick Nunnally, April 19, 2016, The News Tribune
A proposal to build the world’s largest methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma has been canceled.
Northwest Innovation Works, the China-backed company that had proposed the $3.4 billion facility on the waterfront former Kaiser smelter site, announced Tuesday that the project had been canceled. Vee Godley, the president of Northwest Innovation Works, said regulatory uncertainty was the reason for the cancellation.
Appeals court hears arguments over ports’ confidential meetings
Kate Martin, April 18, 2016, The Olympian
The state Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday on whether the ports of Tacoma and Seattle broke state law in holding confidential meetings about the ports’ eventual partnership.
Arthur West, an open-government advocate, sued the ports two years ago. He said the ports violated the state Open Public Meetings Act by holding confidential sessions to discuss a proposed seaport alliance. West’s case was dismissed by King County Superior Court last year, but he filed an immediate appeal.
The ports have argued that the closed meetings are covered by the Federal Maritime Commission and that state law doesn’t apply. Both ports have since formed the Northwest Seaport Alliance.