December 16, 2019
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Tacoma LNG project cleared for construction

Puget Sound Energy's Tacoma LNG Project has received final approval on its construction permit from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The $310 million project at the Port of Tacoma will provide a new gas supply for PSE customers, and a cleaner fuel for ships. It's scheduled for completion by 2021.

"Now, we can move forward on a facility that will bring cleaner air to Tacoma, help reduce greenhouse gases and ensure our customers' homes stay warm on the coldest days of the year," PSE said in a statement.

The project has met vocal opposition. Opponents including the Sierra Club and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians vowed to keep up the fight.

Climate change has been a main point of discussion.

PSE has highlighted the benefits of converting ships to run on natural gas versus traditional diesel-powered motors.

"When replacing diesel fuel, LNG reduces sulfur dioxide emissions by over 98 percent, harmful particulate matter produced by ships by more than 85 percent, nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions by nearly 85 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 15 percent," PSE says. "The Tacoma LNG facility is also a critical tool in keeping our customers' homes heated on the coldest days of the year."

The Port of Tacoma supported the decision.

"Our commitment to reducing air emissions and creating a safer environment for our community remains one of our top priorities," port officials said. "We look forward to the next steps for this project."

The News Tribune reports that appeals on the decision could be filed with the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle