DECEMBER 1, 2015


New Sea-Tac Airport director coming from Houston

Coral Garnick, December 1, 2015, Seattle Times

Houston Airport System chief operating officer Lance Lyttle is expected to be announced today as the new managing director of Sea-Tac International Airport, succeeding Mark Reis who is retiring after 27 years with the Port of Seattle.

Lyttle will join the Port on Jan. 26 and Reis is expected to stay on for “several weeks” to work with Lyttle during the transition.

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Proposed methanol plant at Port of Tacoma beginning to draw concerns

Kate Martin, December 1, 2015, The News Tribune

Five years from now, the raw materials China needs to make the latest gadgets, carpets and furniture could pass through the Port of Tacoma.

A Northwest Innovation Works plant will convert natural gas delivered to the site by underground pipe into methanol. From there, the colorless, flammable liquid will travel in a tanker ship across the Pacific Ocean to a plant in China.

Northwest Innovation Works officials have told Tacoma Public Utilities that at full production the plant would require 400 megawatts, the equivalent of powering approximately 300,000 to 400,000 average homes in the U.S., according to the National Hydropower Association.

The plant also could use 14.4 million gallons of water per day — enough to supply nearly 77,500 homes, according to TPU figures on household water use.

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Seattle Dept. of Transportation recommends vacating part of street for NBA/NHL Sodo arena

Geoff Baker, December 1, 2015, Seattle Times

The Seattle City Council has been forwarded a formal recommendation to approve giving up a street so a Sodo District arena proposed by entrepreneur Chris Hansen can be built.

A 65-page report recommending the street removal was forwarded Monday by Mayor Ed Murray and the city’s Department of Transportation to Tom Rasmussen, the council’s transportation chairman. A council vote on whether to give up part of Occidental Avenue South to accommodate the 18,000-to-20,000-seat arena could take place in January.

The report, signed by transportation-department director Scott Kubly, dismissed a Port of Seattle objection that the portion of Occidental is vital to heavy freight hauling. It also said the Seattle Mariners, who have objected to parts of the arena plan, would not see their garage or staging operations adversely impacted by the street’s removal.

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