Public comment open on Port Westward plant
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has opened the public comment period for a proposed air quality permit renewal of Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery ethanol facility.
The proposed permit renews the existing emissions limits for particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds. The previous permit does not specify a limit on greenhouse gas emissions, but the proposed permit will limit those emissions to 665,800 tons per year.
The permit will also allow the owner, Cascade Kelly Holdings LLC, which operates as a subsidiary of Global Partners LP, to build equipment to produce ethanol from wheat.
Currently, the facility has the permitted capability to produce ethanol from corn.
The production facilities at Port Westward have not operated since 2009. In 2013, the company laid off employees and announced plans to transition from an ethanol manufacturing initiative to a crude oil transloading station. As crude prices dropped, the Columbia Pacific Bio-refinery announced in January 2016 it was halting crude oil transloading and transitioning to an ethanol transfer station. But last December, the Port of Columbia County approved a lease amendment with Global Partners to allow heavier oil shipments.
A separate air quality permit regulates CPBR's oil storage and transloading operations.
The public comment period closes on July 31. A public hearing will be held on July 24 at 6:30 in the Clatskanie Cultural Center, 75 S. Nehalem St., Clatskanie.