SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

August container traffic strong at Northwest Seaport Alliance, but Hanjin bankruptcy looms

Peter Haley, September 21, 2016, The News Tribune

Container traffic through Northwest Seaport Alliance harbors saw its highest August volumes since 2012, up 5.5 percent compared with last year.

Total container traffic through August this year is flat compared with the same time period in 2015, according to a news release from the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

Full container traffic from the start of the year through the end of August, however, is doing much better. Full imports are up 3 percent this year compared with last year. Exports year to date are up 13 percent, according to the alliance.

Read more here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/article103271572.html

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

State panel leaves Kalama methanol plant review with county, port

Marissa Luck, September 21, 2016, The Daily News

A state agency that reviews large energy projects has declined an environmental group’s petition to oversee permitting for the proposed Kalama methanol plant.

Had it been granted, Columbia Riverkeeper’s request could have created long delays in permitting the $1.8 billion project.

Already the plant is undergoing environmental reviews by Cowlitz County and Port of Kalama and must receive dozens permits before construction.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/ap/state/state-panel-leaves-kalama-methanol-plant-review-with-county-port/article_aaf5af59-8c70-5cb9-9449-49969811177a.html

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