Tacoma plans to cast a wide net in reckoning impact of methanol plant
Kate Martin, February 9, 2016, The News Tribune
City planners will use a wide lens to study the environmental effects of a proposed methanol plant for Tacoma’s Tideflats.
Environmental impacts are not limited to the site on the Blair Waterway where Northwest Innovation Works is proposing the world’s largest methanol plant — according to a draft document mapping the scope of the project’s environmental review, called an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS.
One million cruise ship passengers will head to Alaska from Seattle this year
Patti Payne, February 9, 2016, Puget Sound Business Journal
With cruise ship season shifting into high gear in a few short months in Seattle, this year is shaping up to be the biggest ever. The Port of Seattle predicts about a million passengers will head to Alaska from Seattle.
“This will be our busiest year ever — up about 10 percent over last year,” says Peter McGraw with the port. “And this is the ninth year we’ve served over 800,000 passengers.”
Between all the direct and ancillary spending, overall the Seattle cruise industry will generate about a half a billion dollars in business revenue this year.