Our Voice: Solar plant affirms DOE land transfer
Herald Editorial Board, June 28, 2017, Tri-City Herald
Recent news that a French company, Neoen, is planning to build the state’s largest utility solar power operation near Richland is both exciting and affirming.
The property chosen for the massive project used to belong to the Department of Energy. It is part of a total of 1,641 acres of unused land from the Hanford nuclear reservation that was transferred to the community in 2015 — a monumental deal that took years to negotiate.
This is the first development planned on the transferred land.
Darigold completes purchase of 26 acres near Sunnyside facility
Mai Hoang, June 28, 2017, YakimaHerald.com
Darigold has purchased 26 acres of land east of the company’s plant in Sunnyside.
The purchase from the Port of Sunnyside includes a 23-acre parcel next to the plant at Alexander and South McLean roads, which is partially in the city of Sunnyside and partially in unincorporated Yakima County. The Seattle-based dairy cooperative also purchased a 3-acre parcel southwest of the larger property. The sale price for both was more than $1.1 million, according to the Yakima County Assessor’s Office.
The purchase improves Darigold’s position to expand operations at the Sunnyside plant, which was built in 1991 and now employs more than 180, said Scott Burleson, Darigold’s operations senior vice president, in an emailed statement.
Olympia’s Swantown Marina set to open new fuel dock
Editor, June 30, 2017, Three Sheets Northwest
It’s been a long time since Olympia residents and visiting boaters have had a fuel dock in downtown — 1999 to be exact. But that’s all about to change when the new fuel dock opens at Swantown Marina in late July.
When Swantown Marina was permitted and built in 1983, the Port of Olympia anticipated the need for a marine fueling facility and infrastructure was included in the construction for the eventual addition of a fuel dock at the end of the public accessible A-dock. They chose the Swantown site in order to provide convenient, deep water, all weather location from which to fuel vessels up to 100 feet in length. To facilitate construction of a fuel dock in the future, the fuel float portion of the dock was widened and strengthened for fueling operations. Additionally, extra pilings were installed and fuel line raceways were constructed.
Seaport Alliance keeps up strong showing in May
Jon Talton, June 28, 2017, The Seattle Times
Import traffic at the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the pairing of the waterborne units of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, rose a strong 10 percent last month, defying a troubling slowdown at some other West Coast gateways.
Full imports totaled 115,960 TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalents, the standard measure for cargo containers. Including outbound empty containers, the alliance set a record for international traffic, which increased 18 percent to 255,817 TEUs. Full exports rose 8 percent in May.
The jump has added significance because the megaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported tepid growth in May, leading some industry experts to say the “Panama Canal effect” was kicking in. Virginia and Georgia port authorities saw robust traffic increases. The Panama Canal, widened a year ago, now allows large container ships to bypass the West Coast and sail to U.S. East and Gulf coast ports.
AGP Expansion in Aberdeen, SD could mean expansion in Aberdeen, WA
June 27, 2017, KBKW The Talk of Grays Harbor
Expansion in another Aberdeen could mean more construction for the Port of Grays Harbor in the coming years. Gary Nelson, Executive Director at the port, said on coffeetalk last week, “AGP broke ground in May on a new soybean processing plant in Aberdeen South Dakota, which will be done fall of 2019.”
Nelson said that product from Ag Processing Inc (or AGP) will tend to flow this direction, “So as part of that, we expect in the next 18 to 24 months they’re going to expand.”
USDOT rebrands FASTLANE grants as INFRA grants
Mischa Wanek-Libman, June 29, 2017, RT&S
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity in the Federal Register for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.
USDOT says INFRA “advances a pre-existing grant program established in the FAST Act of 2015 and utilizes updated criteria to evaluate projects to align them with national and regional economic vitality goals and to leverage additional non-federal funding.”
The INFRA program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to projects “in line with the administration’s principles to help rebuild” infrastructure. The program also aims to increase total investment by state, local and private partners.