AUGUST 11, 2016

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

Port is approved for a $2.875 million grant

Dawn, Feldhaus, August 10, 2016, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

The Port of Camas-Washougal has been notified it will receive $2.875 million from the Economic Development Administration, to construct Building 18 in the Steigerwald Commerce Center.

Port Executive Director David Ripp made the announcement about the federal grant during the port commissioners meeting Tuesday.

In May, the port received preliminary approval for the grant. It will result in the construction of a 50,000 square foot Building 18.

Without the funding, the building would be half that size.

Read more here:  http://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2016/aug/10/port-is-approved-for-a-2-875-million-grant/

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Wind energy may be making a comeback at the port

Marissa Luck, August 11, 2016, The Daily News

After a long hiatus, Port of Longview is back in the wind business again, with a major shipment of turbines this week and an expectation for more wind part imports in the fall.

Although energy markets have crashed with falling oil and natural gas prices, the wind industry has reason to be optimistic again after the renewal of a federal subsidy in December and improvements in shipping and transportation methods.

“Now that the price of a barrel of oil plummeted, it’s really not cost-effective for these oil companies to be drilling any longer. … (Markets) now are turning back to wind, and wind is now becoming a more viable option,” said Laurie Nelson-Cooley, business development manager at the Port of Longview.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/wind-energy-may-be-making-a-comeback-at-the-port/article_919f82d9-23be-5db4-b6ab-bd7bbe9b96ac.html

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Port closes door on RAMCo cleanup

August 10, 2016, The Goldendale Sentinel

After nearly a decade of effort, the Port of Klickitat is closing the door on the environmental cleanup of the Recycled Aluminum Metals Company (RAMCo) disposal site located at its Dallesport Industrial Park.

From 2007 through 2010, over 90,000 tons of waste material were removed from the site at a cost of nearly $4.1 million. Events leading to the cleanup began in 1980 at the height of a global recession that had driven the national unemployment rate to 10.8 percent and left many in Klickitat County without work. The decision by Dow Chemical Company to abandon its plans for the construction of a plant in Dallesport added insult to injury.

“People were feeling desperate,” recalls Port Commissioner Bill Schmitt. “We would have jumped at pretty much any opportunity for increased employment that presented itself.”

Read more here:  http://www.goldendalesentinel.com/story/2016/08/10/news/port-closes-door-on-ramco-cleanup/7857.html

 

LAND USE

Port of Kennewick adds voice to shoreline return campaign

Wendy Culverwell, August 9, 2016, Tri-City Herald

The Port of Kennewick will support efforts to return 34 miles of Columbia River shoreline to local control, more than 60 years after the federal government took ownership.

The three-member port commission voted unanimously Tuesday to support the movement to ask Congress to reconvey ownership of the Benton-Franklin shoreline to local agencies, possibly counties, cities, ports or a combination of all three.

The port stopped short of endorsing the plan. It said it agrees the issue is worth discussion and specified the conversation must include the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, which have expressed concern that transferring the shoreline out of federal ownership could affect treaty rights and tribal resources.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article94711672.html

 

Port of Benton joins Columbia River shoreline coalition

Wendy Culverwell, August 10, 2016, Tri-City Herald

The coalition of Tri-City governments pushing for local control of the Columbia River shoreline is now complete.

The Port of Benton became the final agency to support a movement to end 60-plus years of federal control of the Benton- Franklin shoreline Wednesday when the port commission voted unanimously to lend its voice. The Port of Kennewick did so on Tuesday.

“The Port supports other local government efforts as they pursue such a transfer for the benefit of the region,” it said in a letter.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article94957792.html

 

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