Sound Status Update – January 2019
You did it again. “Did what?” you ask. Well, for the second year in a row, CHB beat our match challenge of $10,000! I want to thank you, our supporters and donors, for being part of this effort to bring in crucial funds that fuel this important work.
As CHB has been more boldly addressing critically important climate change and clean water issues, we have seen big shifts in our funding streams. And these changes make your individual donations that much more important. Because of your support, we haven’t just survived; we have thrived and can push forward in our work to achieve a healthy bay and a healthy community.
In my mind, you are all superheroes. I love this work, and I’m so grateful you are supporting it.
What’s Happening in Tacoma Right Now?
There’s an extra lot going on in Tacoma, so here’s a quick rundown of where issues we’ve all been working on in the last few months stand:
WestRock Steam Limit Project: The Washington Department of Ecology is currently reviewing all the comments received on the WestRock Steam Limit Project, and consulting with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians regarding their concerns over the project. There is currently no established timeline for the completion of this review or consultation, so the project status remains pending. After this review period, the project permit could be approved, denied, withdrawn, or modified and reissued for public review and comment.
Occidental Chemical Cleanup: The Department of Ecology should be releasing their draft Cleanup Action Plan for the Occidental Chemical superfund site by April of this year. While we wait, check out our updated OxyChem page to get yourself acquainted (or reacquainted!) with the site and what we can do to make sure it gets the most impactful cleanup possible.
Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Project: Due to the large volume of public comments received on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Tacoma LNG facility, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has postponed the release of the Final SEIS to March 29, 2019. The Final SEIS, and any other action taken on the permitting documents, will be subject to public review and comment. To find out more about the proposed LNG facility, visit our website.
Sale of U.S. Oil Company in Tacoma: On November 28, 2018, US Oil, an oil refinery in Tacoma, was bought by a Houston-based company called Par Pacific Holdings, a company that has made clear its intentions to increase crude oil shipping in the Salish Sea and beyond. Part of the sale includes the refinery and marine terminal in Tacoma. More oil shipping, especially crude oil, is exactly what Tacomans have said they do not want.
To find out more, read this great piece written by Sightline Institute’s Eric de Place.
Celebrate and Support Clean Water at the Annual Cheers to a Healthy Bay Dinner & Auction!
Celebrate your love for Puget Sound and join us for a fun night with friends at Tacoma’s favorite auction and gala! Citizens for a Healthy Bay’s annual gala raises over $100,000 each year to for some of the most important work to protect Commencement Bay and our surrounding waters. It’s a wonderful event and this auction is one you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, April 13, 2018
5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street, Tacoma WA
Silent & Live Auction
Port Channel Deepening & Widening Informational Sessions
Photo by Clemens Vasters
The Port of Tacoma has proposed a channel deepening and widening project for the Blair Waterway. An Environmental Assessment is being conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers for the project, which aims to widen the Blair Waterway from 330 feet to 550 feet and deepen the same channel by an additional 7 feet, to allow larger vessels to go to and from the Port.
The impacts that will need to be considered for the Environmental Assessment of the channel deepening project are:
1. Disruption of Tribal treaty fishing rights
2. Disturbance of contaminated sediments
3. Mortality of bottom-dwelling fish, shellfish and invertebrates
4. Underwater noise disturbance to marine mammals, fish and diving birds
5. Greenhouse gas emissions
The Army Corps is accepting comments on what should be considered in the EA, and other concerns to be addressed, through February 19, 2019. Comments can be emailed to: TacomaHarbor@usace.army.mil
Project website with documents and information from the info sessions that took place on Jan. 17 are available on the UW Army Corps of Engineers webpage regarding the project.
Check out this Tacoma News Tribune article for more background information: www.thenewstribune.com/latest-news/article219793345.html