First Mitsubishi regional jet arrives in Moses Lake for flight testing
October 4, 2016, iFiberOne
History was made on Wednesday night at the Grant County International Airport when Japan’s first new commercial aircraft in decades finally touched down on American soil.
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet prototype arrived in Moses Lake after delays pushed back its arrival in the United States to begin flight certification with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Port of Moses Lake rolled out the red carpet, providing a water cannon rainbow as the jet pulled up to the 65,000 square foot hangar that will house it and three other planes for the next four years.
Mitsubishi officials said the planes have to undergo about 2,500 hours of testing to gain FAA certification.
Columbia River town one step closer to hosting world’s largest methanol plant
Ashley Ahearn, September 30, 2016, OPB FM
The world’s largest methanol plant is one step closer to construction on the lower Columbia River after the Port of Kalama on Friday released its just-completed report on how the project would affect the environment.
The Chinese-backed facility would convert natural gas to methanol which would then be shipped across the Pacific to be made into plastic.
The final environmental impact statement outlines potential effects on the environment surrounding the facility. Environmentalists say there are significant information gaps.
Environmental risks identified for Grays Harbor oil terminal
Cassandra Profita, September 30, 2016, OPB FM
Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.
The state Department of Ecology identified those problems in its final environmental reviewreleased Friday for the Westway oil terminal proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Washington.
The project would expand an existing methanol facility so it can handle around 750 million gallons of crude oil a year. The oil would be delivered by train, stored on site and transported by barge to refineries.
State ecologists note oil terminal’s dangers, but feds miss the memo on coal facility
James Cronin, September 30, 2016, Portland Business Journal
While Washington ecologists noted environmental concerns in an impact report releasedtoday on the proposed Westway oil terminal in Hoquiam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ignored pollution dangers from the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal facility in Longview.
So said groups that are tracking the projects in analyses released today.
Shipping port for Montana and Wyoming coal advances
Tom Lutey, September 30, 2016, Billings Gazette
A Washington shipping port for Montana and Wyoming coal has received a favorable review from U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, encouraging coal companies and frustrating environmentalists.
The draft environmental impact statement, or EIS, released Friday for the Millennium Bulk Terminal port in Longview, Wash., raised concerns about train noise and port-related rail traffic posing problems for nearby low-income residential neighborhoods. But concerns about the port’s effect on things like Native American fishing areas and the proliferation of coal dust were less significant.
Coal companies responded to the 3,000-page report with optimism, after seeing a half-dozen similar port proposals fail for various reasons. The public will now have 60 days to respond to the draft EIS.
Hatchery eyes Port of Port Townsend-owned marina, land in Quilcene
Tristan Baurick, September 30, 2016, Kitsap Sun
A Hood Canal oyster hatchery targeted in a pollution lawsuit has sparked new concerns that it may expand operations on publicly-owned land and shut down the Quilcene Marina.
The owners of the Coast Seafoods hatchery on Quilcene Bay have been in discussions with the Port of Port Townsend about purchasing properties neighboring the hatchery on Linger Longer Road. The port owns more than 40 acres on the road. Port amenities include the marina, a boat launch, bathroom and a sandy beach considered one of only a few warm water swimming areas on the canal.
Environmental group Olympic Forest Coalition is suing the hatchery for allegedly polluting the canal with chemicals and other hatchery byproducts.
From frozen corn to fries, processors flock to Tri-Cities
Wendy Culverwell, October 1, 20126, Tri-City Herald
When CRF Frozen Foods unexpectedly shut down in April and laid off about 300 workers, it could have been a blow for the Tri-City economy.
But six months after the Pasco food processor’s products were recalled beacuse of a Listeriaoutbreak, few of the company’s former workers have claimed unemployment benefits.
They found work with other food processors and related companies, employment officials believe. And it’s not difficult to see where the jobs are.
Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article105476756.html
Used fishing gear drop-off added to Westport Marina
A program at the Westport Marina hopes to reduce the impacts of “derelict fishing gear” in local waters.
The Port of Grays Harbor announced that Fishing for Energy is a partnership between the NOAA Marine Debris Program, Covanta, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Schnitzer Steel Industries.
The program gives local fishermen the opportunity to get rid of their old or broken fishing gear instead of risking it ending up abandoned.
On the waterfront: Cargo ship’s history marked by rogue wave
David G. Sellars, October 2, 2016, Peninsula Daily News
On Thursday, Alaskan Navigator moored to the Port of Port Angeles’ Terminal 1.
She is a 905-foot crude oil tanker that is owned by British Petroleum.
I understand she was in port to allow contractors to perform an inspection of her stern tubes and she was to leave Port Angeles on Saturday.