Sound Status Update – September 2018

Hi everyone,

As we move into what feels like No-Rest November, we have a lot of exciting opportunities to make Tacoma and our environment cleaner in the next few weeks. Citizens for a Healthy Bay’s first ever Stand for Our Sound fundraiser is this Thursday, and tonight is our last opportunity to tell City Council that we want them to place a pause on fossil fuel development in the Tideflats. We’re also having an open house on the Occidental Chemical clean up site later this month to cover everything you want to know about the cleanup so far, and we had a ton of fun cleaning up Tahoma Salt Marsh and Jack Hyde Park on Orca Recovery Day!

Back in October, we also came out against the LNG facility in Tacoma, and you can read our letter regarding the issue below.

Liquified Natural Gas in Tacoma

Proposed LNG tank under construction (March 2018)

Citizens for a Healthy Bay read the new environmental report, called the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed LNG facility in the Tideflats. We found the new information about climate impacts of the project alarming and our board concluded that the project poses unacceptable environmental risks to Tacoma. We urge the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) to update the SEIS, reissue it when it is complete and credible, and then re-open the public comment period.

Read our full letter to PSCAA stating our opposition on our website here.
Have questions about LNG? Visit our LNG page here.

Celebrate Puget Sound like you never have before!

CHB’s Stand for Our Sound cocktail fundraiser is only two days away! Grab your tickets to Tacoma’s most unique event, which will take place at the brand new Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this Thursday on November 15!

Stand for Our Sound
Thursday, November 15, 2018

the Pacific Seas Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St | Tacoma, WA
Doors open at 6:00 | Program at 7:00

The fundraiser will be a cocktail party with a fun night of local food, drinks, great company, and an inspiring program, all while experiencing the brand new Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Individual tickets start at $75

Protecting Tacoma’s Tideflats

We’ve made it to the final stretch! Thank you to everyone who has joined us the past few weeks to fight fossil fuels in Tacoma. We’ve had dozens and dozens of people at city council meetings to ask for interim regulations on fossil fuels to be renewed and strengthened and HUNDREDS of people showed up last Tuesday to comment on the proposed LNG facility. It’s been incredible.

But we need you one more time! Today, we have one last opportunity to tell Tacoma City Council that we want them to put a pause on fossil fuel development during the Subarea Planning Process.

We need you to come to the Tacoma City Council Meeting today, November 13, at 5PM, to give public comment supporting the renewal and strengthening of interim regulation which put a pause on fossil fuel infrastructure in Tacoma. HOW HUGE IS THAT? We will have two opportunities to comment during this meeting, during Public Comment at the beginning of the meeting and again after an amendment to strengthen the interim regulations is made. At our pre-hearing huddle we will discuss who should speak when. If you can’t come early for the huddle but want to give comment, just email Kenny Coble (kcoble@healthybay.org) for the strategy.

Mentioning that we want the Port of Tacoma to continue being a place for great jobs, but that we believe there’s an even better economic (and environmental) future if we invest in renewable energy and green jobs instead of fossil fuels.

Here are talking points to help you write your comment. It’ll tell you everything you need to know about today’s meeting. Let’s focus on a few things:

  1. Thanking the council.
  2. Mentioning that we want the Port of Tacoma to continue being a place for great jobs, but that we believe there’s an even better economic (and environmental) future if we invest in renewable energy and green jobs instead of fossil fuels.
  3. We need to renew the interim regulations AND strengthen them by requiring an additional review process (it’s easy and gives the City of Tacoma more power!) for any existing fossil fuel businesses seeking expansion.

We need to renew the interim regulations AND strengthen them by requiring an additional review process (it’s easy and gives the City of Tacoma more power!) for any existing fossil fuel businesses seeking expansion.

Want to learn more about interim regulations and the subarea plan?

  • Follow this link to read a great article by Sightline’s Eric de Place
  • Go here to learn the ins and outs of what interim regulations do.
  • Visit this link to learn about what a subarea plan is and what it does.

Volunteer day at Tahoma Salt Marsh

We had an amazing time working with Puget Sound Conservation Districts on Orca Recovery Day, a day of action to celebrate, honor, and restore our critically endangered orcas. On November 10, we held a beach cleanup at Tahoma Salt Marsh and Jack Hyde Park, where 31 volunteers picked up a whopping 985 pieces of trash to keep Commencement Bay clean!

This event was in partnership with EarthCorps.
Special thanks to the Commencement Bay NRDA Trustees for making this event happen
NOAA Assessment and Restoration Program | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | The Puyallup Tribe of Indians | The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe | The Washington Department of Ecology | The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife | The Washington Department of Natural Resources

Open House for the Occidental Chemical Clean Up

Join Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Washington Department of Ecology, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for an open house on the Occidental Chemical (Oxy) cleanup site. On Wednesday 11/28 from 4:30-7pm, we’ll be in the Wheelock room of the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library, and will talk about the history of the site, how it became contaminated, and what we can do about it today! This is a great time to remind yourself (or get introduced for the first time!) of Tacoma’s toxic legacy, and all the work that’s being done to clean up and restore Commencement Bay, creating a happy, healthy future for Tacoma residents.
Interested in more background info? Check out our Oxy page
Check out the Facebook event page for more information

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