Department of Ecology News Release - September 18, 2014

Comment period begins today for Grays Harbor terminal

Hoquiam– A comment period begins today on the proposed terminal to receive, store, and ship bulk liquids at the Port of Grays Harbor.

During the scoping period, between September 18 through November 3, the state Department of Ecology and the city of Hoquiam invite the public to comment on what should be studied in the environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared for the proposal submitted by Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC (a subsidiary of U.S. Development).

An EIS is a document that provides information about the effects on the environment of a proposal. It is neither a decision nor a permit. This information helps inform future decisions made by local and state permitting agencies. Permit decisions cannot be made until after the environmental reviews are complete.

This proposal is the first step in the EIS process – the scoping period. The purpose of the scoping is to gather input on what should be studied in the EIS. After considering comments received during scoping, the agencies will decide what to study in the EIS. Ecology and Hoquiam have already identified certain study areas that will be included in their determination of significance, to be published September 18 and available via the city of Hoquiam’s website. Study areas pre-identified include: vehicle and vessel traffic; rail traffic and safety; vessel safety; oil spill prevention, preparedness and response; noise; and potential impacts to air, water, marine life and animals.

Scoping comments may be shared orally at scoping meetings, submitted in writing via standard mail, or via an electronic comment form.

The mailing address is:

Grays Harbor Rail Terminal EIS
c/o ICF International,
710 Second Avenue, Suite 550
Seattle, WA 98104

Two public meetings with open houses are scheduled. No formal presentation will occur, so people may arrive and leave as they choose during the meetings.

All comments received will be considered for the environmental reviews of the proposal. Information about the environmental review and the project proposals is available on Ecology’s website.

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Contact:

Brenden McFarland, Ecology Environmental Review Manager, 360-407-6976

Brian Shay, Hoquiam city administrator, 360- 538-3983

Lisa Copeland, Ecology Communications, 360-407-6990, @ecySW