JUNE 10, 2014

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Lynden Ice announces opening of new plant at Port of Quincy The new facility will be creating ice, crushing it and bagging it in a building leased from Columbia Colstor, according to port officials.

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Port of Port Angeles likely to pay $26,500 to settle environmental lawsuitPort of Port Angeles commissioners are expected today to approve paying $26,500 to settle a complaint by an environmental group that claims the port is violating a state stormwater discharge permit at the Boat Haven. 

Update: Port meeting attracts strong opinions about second marine terminal warehouseThose citizen concerns, wanting the warehouse and a related marine terminal project to be included within a single environmental review process, were delivered in a letter to the port on June 4. 

Legislators call to broaden scope of Westway and Imperium economic and environmental impact reviewThe Westway and Imperium expansion projects that are proposed to bulk up storage and rail capacity at Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam to handle a flux of crude oil have some Washington legislators saying pump the brakes.

 

RAIL 

Mead visit puts port’s rail needs in spotlightWhile the debate on the coal terminal is ongoing, we’d urge that the issue of rail access not be tied directly to the coal project. 

Port of Tacoma accepts grant to help repower Tacoma Rail locomotiveTacoma Rail will soon begin repowering its oldest locomotive thanks in part to a grant accepted Thursday by the Port of Tacoma from the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Report Finds Higher Risks if Oil Line Is Not Built –  If the Keystone XL pipeline is not built — and more oil from the Canadian oil sands is moved by rail — there could be hundreds more deaths and thousands more injuries than expected over the course of a decade, according to an updated State Department analysis of the contested project that was released Friday.

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