Department of Ecology News Release - October 19, 2015

Comment periods extended to Nov. 30 for Westway and Imperium environmental reviews
Continues 60-day expanded comment period for Grays Harbor crude oil-by-rail projects

HOQUIAM – Comment periods for the Westway and Imperium (now owned by Renewable Energy Group) draft environmental impact statements (EISs) will be extended to Nov. 30. The two applicants, the city of Hoquiam, and the Washington Department of Ecology agreed to the extension.

Ecology and Hoquiam, serving as co-lead agencies for the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process received several requests from tribal governments, local organizations and elected officials for an extension to the comment period, originally scheduled to end Oct. 29.

The draft EISs were released on Aug. 31, and the applicants had already agreed to an extended 60-day comment period, beyond the 45 days allowed by SEPA. Per state law, the co-lead agencies asked the applicants to approve an extension to the comment periods, and they concurred.

The Westway and Imperium proposals would expand existing bulk liquid storage facilities at the Port of Grays Harbor, and include the transportation of crude oil by rail and storing it prior to shipment on vessels.

The public is invited to comment on the draft studies, which look at potential environmental impacts. The two projects are separate, but were studied together for efficiency. Once finalized after the comment periods, the city of Hoquiam, Ecology and other local and state agencies will use the final EISs in their permitting decisions or approval processes.

Information on how to submit comments by mail or online as well as fact sheets and the draft EISs are available at ecy.wa.gov/GraysHarbor.

Contacts:

Chase Gallagher, communications, 360-407-6239, @ECYSW

Brian Shay, City of Hoquiam, 360-538-3983