Imperium Expansion Open for Public Comment
The City of Hoquiam and the Washington Department of Ecology announced they will act as lead agencies for the environmental review of the Imperium Bulk Liquid Facility proposal.
The agencies determined that this project will not have probable significant impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement is not required. This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the City of Hoquiam. This information is available to the public on request.
Imperium proposes expanding its existing bulk liquid storage to allow for biofuels, petroleum, and renewable fuels. The bulk liquids could be shipped to and from the facility.
Up to nine storage tanks would be constructed on the site near Imperium’s existing bulk storage tanks. The new tanks would each have a capacity of 80,000 barrels.
The existing rail facility would be expanded, adding approximately 6,100 feet of track in on site.
The Imperium proposal could result in two additional unit trains per day, one loaded and one empty, and up to 200 tankers or tank barges a year. The Westway proposal could result in two additional unit trains every three days and 60 tankers or tank barges a year.
The project would be located on leased property owned by the Port of Grays Harbor adjacent to the Chehalis River.
The Environmental Checklist, as well as the Shoreline Development Conditional Land Use Permit Applications are available for review at the City of Hoquiam during normal business hours.
The public comment period will last for 30 days, and the there will be no action on this proposal until that time.
Comments must be filed with the City of Hoquiam by June 3, 2013.