Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility SEPA

Current project status: The Final Environmental Impact Statement was released on September 30, 2016 and is available for viewing and downloading in the Project Library. The Draft EIS documents remain available in the Project Library.

The comment periods have closed and the SEPA email address is no longer being monitored. Updated project information is available at NW Innovation Works and Port of Kalama.

This site provides information about the environmental review of the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility project under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County as co-lead agencies. The Port is the nominal lead agency, responsible for complying with the duties of the SEPA lead agency. The County has assisted the Port in compiling and assessing information on all environmental aspects of the proposal.

About the Project

Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility

NW Innovation Works is proposing to construct and operate a methanol production plant in an industrial park owned by the Port of Kalama. The plant would manufacture methanol from natural gas. Natural gas will be delivered to the methanol plant by a new lateral distribution pipeline to be constructed by Northwest Pipeline GP. As part of the same development, the Port is proposing a new deep draft marine terminal facility to load methanol onto ships.

What is SEPA?

SEPA stands for the State Environmental Policy Act. The SEPA review process provides a way to identify possible environmental impacts that may result from construction and operation of a proposed project. Information gathered during the review process helps agency decision-makers and the public understand how a proposal will affect the environment. The information can be used to change a proposal, to reduce likely impacts, or to condition or deny a proposal when adverse environmental impacts are identified. Public and agency input is an important part of the SEPA process.

Under state law, state and local agencies are required by SEPA to consider the likely environmental consequences of a proposed project before acting on any permits or approvals requested to construct and operate the project. Learn more about SEPA from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Project Status

The Final Environmental Impact Statement was released on September 30, 2016 and is available for viewing and downloading in the Project Library on this website. The FEIS will be used by agencies with jurisdiction in making permit decisions on the proposed action. The Draft EIS documents continue to be available in the Project Library.

Preparation of the EIS

What is Being Analyzed?

The EIS evaluates the impacts from construction, on-site operations, and off-site vessel transport related to two methanol production alternatives, as well as cumulative impacts and the construction and operation of the natural gas pipeline and electrical services as related actions. An alternative dock design, off-site alternative, and a no-action alternative are also evaluated in the EIS. The evaluation in the EIS considers and discloses possible environmental impacts of the alternatives related to: earth; air quality and greenhouse gas emissions; water resources; plants and animals; energy and natural resources, environmental health and safety; land use and shoreline use, housing and employment, aesthetics and visual resources: historic and cultural resources; transportation; public services and utilities; noise; and cumulative impacts.

Additional opportunities for public and agency comment occur during permitting of the project.

What is an EIS?

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is an evaluation and analysis of alternatives that describes potential environmental impacts and measures to reduce or eliminate those impacts.

The EIS for the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility:
  • Evaluates alternatives for development of the project;
  • Describes and documents the environmental studies conducted for the project;
  • Describes likely adverse impacts and whether those impacts would be significant;
  • Describes mitigation measures already designed into the project to minimize or abate probable significant adverse impacts;
  • Describes significant adverse impacts that are not mitigated by the project’s design and identifies mitigation measures that could be used to reduce those impacts; and
  • Identifies permits, licenses, or other approvals that may be required.

Contact Us

The Port of Kalama is committed to keeping the public informed about the project.

Updated project information is available at NW Innovation Works and Port of Kalama.

Project Library

General Information

Background SEPA materials

Draft EIS Chapters

Draft EIS Technical Appendices

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Final EIS Chapters

Final EIS Technical Appendices

Project Timeline