Due to the majority of folks from outside of Cowlitz County that testified at the recent DSEIS hearing for the Northwest Innovation Works project, I did not have a chance to give testimony from a local perspective. The following is an abbreviated version of my testimony.
Early on in the project, the team was informed air emissions may be an issue. They committed to using ultra-low emission technology, which reduces carbon emissions by 90 percent. This was considered so innovative the governor himself came to Kalama to publicly praise the decision.
They faced the issue of liquid discharge by committing to install a zero liquid discharge system to the facility, meaning no discharge to the Columbia River.
Finally, greenhouse gases were raised as a concern; they have committed to mitigate for all greenhouse gas emissions produced in Washington state.
It is appropriately sited in an industrial port on an international shipping channel that we spent millions of dollars to deepen. It is time to start construction.
Pres., Cowlitz EDC