Green Groups Challenge Methanol Facility Discharge Permit (2)

Nov. 13, 2019, 5:32 PM; Updated: Nov. 13, 2019, 8:22 PM

A host of environmental groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’s decision to grant a Clean Water Act permit for a marine terminal as part of a proposed methanol production facility in Washington.

Northwest Innovation Works, a company majority owned by the Chinese government, is seeking to build a methanol manufacturing and shipping terminal on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, according to the complaint. A refinery will convert fracked gas to methanol, and a marine export terminal will load the methanol onto ships bound for China.

It would be one of the largest methanol...

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