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Westway Expansion Project

On September 30, 2016, the City of Hoquiam and the Department of Ecology issued the Final EIS for the Westway Expansion Project. Both the Westway Draft EIS and Final EIS found the proposed project would cause significant and unavoidable environmental impacts to health and safety if a crude oil spill, fire or explosion occurs. Both also found the expansion would cause significant impacts in noise, tribal resources and vehicle traffic and safety that would not be mitigated.

Use the Records Request Form to order a printed copy or CD of the Final EIS (for the cost of production).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is different in the Final Environmental Impact Statement?

  • It includes expanded information about impacts of oil spills and explosions to human health and the environment.
  • It includes new proposed mitigation measures related to oil spills and explosions.
  • It analyzes the lifting of the federal crude oil export ban for the proposal.
  • For the Air Quality analysis, the impact is less than what was described in the Draft EIS because of updated information on the number of locomotives and rail operations.

Where can I find my comment and how was it used?

The Final EIS provides a written response to every comment received during the draft EIS review period. These are in the “Responses to Comments” section.

What are the next steps for this proposal?

The next steps for this proposal are for the required permits. Multiple local and state permits and plan approvals are needed before this project can be built. The Final EIS is not a permit. It provides information for those who make permit decisions. The first permit that will be considered is the City of Hoquiam’s shoreline development permit.

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (2016)

ChapterTitle File Size / Format
Cover Cover Letter, Fact Sheet, Table of Contents426 KB
Intro Executive Summary 674 KB
Chapter 1 Introduction 206  KB
Chapter 2 Proposed Action and Alternatives 1.2 MB
Chapter 3 Affected Environment, Impacts and Mitigation 149 KB
3.1 Earth 2.6 MB
3.2 Air 716 KB
3.3 Water 810 KB
3.4 Plants 587 KB
3.5 Animals 537 KB
3.6 Energy and Natural Resources 203 KB
3.7 Noise and Vibration 1.1 MB
3.8 Land and Shoreline Use 441 KB
3.9 Aesthetics, Light and Glare 6.3 MB
3.10 Recreation 516 KB
3.11 Historic and Cultural Preservation 549 KB
3.12 Tribal Resources 889 KB
3.13 Public Services and Utilities 193 KB
3.14 Hazardous Materials 267 KB
3.15 Rail Traffic 3.5 MB
3.16 Vehicle Traffic and Safety1.3 MB
3.17 Vessel Traffic 2.7 MB
Chapter 4 Environmental Health and Safety  
4.1 Introduction 206 KB
4.2 Applicable Regulations 260 KB
4.3 Risk Considerations227 KB
4.4 Environmental Health Risks – Terminal (Onsite) 287 KB
4.5 Environmental Health Risks – Rail Transport 354 KB
4.6 Environmental Health Risks – Vessel Transport 303 KB
4.7 Impacts on Resources 413 KB
Chapter 5 Extended Rail and Vessel Transport 2.4 MB
Chapter 6 Cumulative Impacts 2.0 MB
Chapter 7 Economics, Social Policy and Cost-Benefit Analysis 984 KB
Chapter 8 Distribution List 118 KB
Chapter 9 References 540 KB
  APPENDICES  
Appendix A Scoping Report 2.4 MB
Appendix A-1 Appendix A, vol. 1 41.6 MB
Appendix A-2 Appendix A, vol. 2 22.3 MB
Appendix A-3 Appendix A, vol. 3 29.0 MB
Appendix B Laws and Regulations 513 KB
Appendix C Tsunami Impact Modeling and Analysis 2.2 MB
Appendix D Air Data 665 KB
Appendix E FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps 4.0 MB
Appendix F Special-Status Species 187 KB
Appendix G Noise Data 9.0 MB
Appendix H Local Policies Governing Land and Shoreline Use 199 KB
Appendix I Local Policies Governing Aesthetics, Light, and Glare 219 KB
Appendix J Cultural Resources Technical Report 3.7 MB
Appendix K Rail Traffic Technical Information 784 KB
Appendix L Vehicle Traffic Analysis 2.0 MB
Appendix M Risk Assessment Technical Report 425 KB
Appendix N Oil Spill Modeling 1.8 MB
Appendix O Economic Impact Analysis 874 KB
Appendix P Census Block Group Data 184 KB
Appendix Q Crude Oil Market Analysis 285 KB
  RESPONSES TO COMMENTS  
Chapter 1 Overview 180 KB
Chapter 2 Comment Themes and Master Responses 394 KB
Chapter 3 Agencies: Comments and Responses 1.1 MB
Chapter 4 Tribes: Comments and Responses 2.6 MB
Chapter 5 Organizations: Comments and Responses 3.1 MB
Chapter 6 General Public: Comments and Responses 8.3 MB
Chapter 7 Form Letters: Comments and Responses 12.6 MB
Chapter 8 Attachments 225 KB
  VOLUMES: Download the entire Draft EIS in six volumes (large files)
EIS Report Main Document (Introduction, Summary, Chapters 1- 9) 29.5 MB
Appendices B-Q Appendices B through Q 32.0 MB
Comments Response to Comments 28.7 MB


DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (2015) >> back to top

On August 31, 2015, the City of Hoquiam and the Department of Ecology made the Draft EIS below available for review and comment.

Comments on the Draft EIS were accepted from August 31, 2015 to November 30, 2015.

Note: All documents are in PDF format.


ChapterTitleFile Size / Format
Cover Cover Letter, Fact Sheet, Table of Contents 3.3 MB
Intro Executive Summary 674 KB
Chapter 1 Introduction 94 KB
Chapter 2 Proposed Action and Alternatives 283 KB
Chapter 3 Affected Environment, Impacts and Mitigation 81 KB
3.1 Earth 473 KB
3.2 Air 422 KB / Factsheet
3.3 Water 438 KB
3.4 Plants 313 KB / Factsheet
3.5 Animals 395 KB / Factsheet
3.6 Energy and Natural Resources 116 KB
3.7 Noise and Vibration 389 KB / Factsheet
3.8 Land and Shoreline Use 212 KB
3.9 Aesthetics, Light and Glare 708 KB
3.10 Recreation 267 KB / Factsheet
3.11 Historic and Cultural Preservation 276 KB / Factsheet
3.12 Tribal Resources 327 KB / Factsheet
3.13 Public Services and Utilities 121 KB
3.14 Hazardous Materials 174 KB
3.15 Rail Traffic 606 KB / Factsheet
3.16 Vehicle Traffic and Safety 466 KB / Factsheet
3.17 Vessel Traffic 640 KB / Factsheet
Chapter 4 Environmental Health and Safety  
4.1 Introduction 116 KB
4.2 Applicable Regulations 156 KB
4.3 Risk Considerations 109 KB
4.4 Environmental Health Risks – Terminal (Onsite) 239 KB / Factsheet
4.5 Environmental Health Risks – Rail Transport 274 KB / Factsheet
4.6 Environmental Health Risks – Vessel Transport 224 KB / Factsheet
4.7 Impacts on Resources 249 KB
Chapter 5 Extended Rail and Vessel Transport 754 KB
Chapter 6 Cumulative Impacts 947 KB
Chapter 7 Economics, Social Policy and Cost-Benefit Analysis 533 KB
Chapter 8 Distribution List 50 KB
Chapter 9 References 381 KB
  APPENDICES
Appendix A Scoping Report 2.4 MB
Appendix B Laws and Regulations 293 KB
Appendix C Tsunami Impact Modeling and Analysis 523 KB
Appendix D Air Data 526 KB
Appendix E FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps 3.9 MB
Appendix F Special-Status Species 60 KB
Appendix G Noise Data 5.0 MB
Appendix H Local Policies Governing Land and Shoreline Use 153 KB
Appendix I Local Policies Governing Aesthetics, Light, and Glare 135 KB
Appendix J Cultural Resources Technical Report 3.7 MB
Appendix K Rail Traffic Technical Information 785 KB
Appendix L Vehicle Traffic Analysis 900 KB
Appendix M Risk Assessment Technical Report 253 KB
Appendix N Oil Spill Modeling 567 KB
Appendix O Economic Impact Analysis 237 KB
Appendix P Census Block Group Data 121 KB
  VOLUMES: Download the entire Draft EIS in three volumes (large files)
Volume 1 Introduction, Chapters 1-9 11.2 MB
Volume 2 Appendices A - J 12.6 MB
Volume 3 Appendices K - P 6.5 MB

Note: Ecology and the City of Hoquiam (co-lead agencies) are aware that a number of scoping comments were not included in Appendix A of the Draft Environmental Impact Statements for the Westway and Imperium Terminals Expansion Proposals. This is corrected in the Final EIS Appendix A.

Background >> back to top

Westway Terminal Company is proposing an expansion of a bulk liquid storage facility at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam. An environmental review was done for this proposal.

Co-lead Agencies Ecology and the city of Hoquiam issued a Determination of Significance (DS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The DS identifies areas of study that will be examined during the environmental review. Scoping for the EIS process was held April 10 to May 27, 2014.

Two public scoping meetings were held on April 24, 2014 in Hoquiam and on April 29, 2014 in Centralia.

Meeting display materials

Meeting ground rules

Project proposal

Westway proposes expanding its existing bulk liquid storage terminal to allow for the receipt of crude oil unit trains, storage of crude oil from these trains, and shipment of crude oil by vessel and/or barge from Port of Grays Harbor Terminal 1.

According to the project proposal, the Westway expansion project would be done in two phases. The information below includes the proposed construction and operations for both phases.

Five new storage tanks would be constructed on the site to the south of Westway’s existing bulk storage tanks. The new tanks would each have a capacity of 200,000 barrels (8.4 million gallons) for a project total storage capacity of 1 million barrels (42 million gallons). The annual maximum throughput would be 17.8 million barrels (749.9 million gallons) per year. The tanks would be surrounded by a concrete containment wall with the capacity to contain the total volume of a single tank plus an allowance for precipitation.

The existing rail facility on the site would be expanded from two short spurs with a total of 18 loading/unloading spots to four longer spurs with a total of 80 loading/unloading spots. The rail car containment area would have the capacity to contain the total volume of a single rail car plus an allowance for precipitation.

A new pipeline would connect the new tanks, via an existing pipeline bridge, to the Port’s Terminal 1. Work performed on the terminal dock would be limited to the addition of loading arms and parts of a marine vapor combustion system.

There would be no in-water work.

Construction of the expanded rail facility would involve demolition of an existing wood frame warehouse and construction of additional office space and support facilities.

The company estimates that terminal operations would handle 458 unit trains a year (loaded and empty) or 1.25 trains every day. The company estimates that the terminal operations would handle 99 to 119 barges a year (198 to 238 entry and departure transits) or approximately one every two days.

Existing Operations

Westway currently operates a methanol storage facility at the Port of Grays Harbor. The facility includes a tank area consisting of four storage tanks with a total of 13.4 million gallons of storage and a rail yard. The facility receives and ships methanol via train, truck and vessels. These existing operations will continue and are separate from the expansion proposal.

Project Documents

April 4, 2014 - Determination of Significance (DS)

March 11, 2014 - Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application (JARPA)


SITE INFORMATION

Project:
Westway Terminal Company
Facility Site ID #11981

Location:
Port of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor County at 46.9711N/123.859W

Ecology Point of Contact:
Diane Butorac
Regional Planner
Southwest Regional Office
Department of Ecology
Diane.Butorac@ecy.wa.gov
(360) 407-6594

STATUS: Final EIS issued.

ESPAÑOL

El final de la Declaración del Impacto Ambiental por de expansión de Westway fue publicado el 30 de septiembre el año 2016. Información en español sobre el Declaración del Impacto Ambiental está disponible. Si tienen preguntas sobre el estudio o el proceso en general, favor de mandar un correo electrónico a preguntas@ecy.wa.gov.

Westway Terminal Company LLC (Westway) actualmente tiene unas instalaciones de distribución de metanol en el Puerto de Grays Harbor en Hoquiam, Washington. En estas instalaciones se maneja metanol, que va y viene de la planta transportado por tren, camión y barco (buques y barcazas). Westway quiere ampliar las instalaciones actuales y construir tanques para el almacenaje y manejo de crudo. La expansión también incluiría la construcción de tuberías y rieles de ferrocarril en el lugar donde se fuera a realizar el vaciado de los trenes. El transporte de líquidos a granel a las instalaciones y viceversa, se haría principalmente por tren y por barco.

ACCESSIBILITY

If you require documents in alternative format, please contact: Hanna Waterstrat, hanna.waterstrat@ecy.wa.gov, 360-407-7668 (voice) -or call- 711 (relay service) 877-833-6341 (TTY, for persons with speech disability)