January 4, 2017 –
We need your help to stop the world’s largest natural gas-to-methanol refinery in the small town of Kalama, Washington. A draft permit to dump toxic pollution into the air is out for public comment and decision-makers need to hear from you.
Attend a public hearing:
What: Draft Air Pollution Permit for Northwest Innovation Works public hearing
When: Wednesday, January 4, 2017; Open house from 4:00-5:00; presentation by Northwest Innovation Works from 5:00-6:00 pm; public hearing from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please arrive by 4PM if you want to give public testimony!
Where: Cowlitz PUD auditorium (961 12th Ave, Longview, Washington)
Interested in carpooling from Portland or Vancouver? Please email Jasmine@ColumbiaRiverkeeper.org
Submit public testimony today:
The Kalama methanol refinery would be the #1 air polluter in Kalama—dumping up to 53 tons of toxic and hazardous pollution into the air annually. Submit your public comment to block the Kalama methanol refinery’s draft air pollution permit.
And then there’s climate change. This one refinery would consume more natural gas than all industry in Washington state combined. The Kalama methanol refinery alone would emit over a million tons of carbon dioxide a year. Speak out today to block the Kalama methanol refinery’s draft air pollution permit.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen how our voices can force decision-makers to prioritize public health and a clean environment over dirty fossil fuel projects. Speak out today to block the Kalama methanol refinery’s draft air pollution permit.
Talking points for written or verbal testimony:
- If built, the Kalama methanol refinery would be the largest methanol refinery in the world.
- The Kalama methanol refinery is slated to become the largest source of air pollution in Kalama.
- Kalama methanol refinery would dump up to 53 tons (106,000 pounds) of toxic and hazardous pollutants into the air annually.
- Kalama methanol refinery emit over a million tons of carbon dioxide a year—that’s the equivalent of about 227,287 cars.
- Kalama methanol refinery’s air pollution risk is massive. They propose to emit up to 53 tons (106,000 pounds) of toxic and hazardous pollutants into the air annually. By comparison, Emerald Kalama Chemical released six tons of toxic and hazardous pollution in 2015, according to the EPA.
- The plant also could emit up to 62 tons (104,000 pounds) of very fine particulate matter — dust and soot particles — annually. Fine particulate matter can enter into the respiratory system and cause long term health impacts.