Washington State Department of Ecology,
I urge you to support Cowlitz County’s approval of the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use Permits for the proposed NW Innovation Works Kalama facility. This facility will bring tremendous global environmental benefits now and for generations to come.
NW Innovation Works is redefining what industrial environmental leadership looks like in the 21st century. One only needs to look at the significant environmental investments the company is making to recognize the substantial local, state and global benefits.
NW Innovation Works is setting a new Washington standard for water protection by being the
company to eliminate all facility wastewater discharge into the Columbia River. By implementing Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technology, facility wastewater will be recycled for use in the production process effectively reducing raw well water usage by over 150 million gallons annually. Additionally, and most importantly, this investment protects the delicate aquatic life native to the Columbia River and its shorelines.
A recent NPR article (goo.gl/5p0MjJ) cites new research that shows “the U.S. is producing less air pollution, but smog levels are still rising in the western U.S. because of pollutants released in Asian countries that then drift over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers say their findings show the importance of a global approach to preserving air quality.” NW Innovation Works is taking a leadership role in solving this global air pollution epidemic by creating a solution that reduces Asia’s reliance on coal and expedites the world’s transition to a renewable future. Through the use of Ultra-Low-Emission technology, the Kalama facility will reduce toxic air emissions by up to 90% compared to the outdated coal-to-methanol process and conventional gas-to-methanol technology. This reduction is roughly equivalent to removing six million cars from our global roadways!
Please show Washington State’s global environmental leadership by supporting Cowlitz County’s approval of these permits. This project meets and exceeds Washington’s strict environmental standards, protects our local and global environment, and raises the bar for industrial companies now and well into the future.