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Imperium Renewables and Westway team up to get paperwork moving on expansion plans

Port of Grays Harbor ariel view

Imperium Renewables and Westway have sent a joint letter today asking the City of Hoquiam and the state Department of Ecology to begin developing environmental impact statements (EIS) on the companies’ terminal expansion projects at the Port of Grays Harbor.

Although both companies maintain they have satisfied all relevant environmental protection laws during their pursuit of permits for the projects, they acknowledge there is strong interest in the broader issue of shipping crude oil by rail.

“We want to provide ample opportunity for airing and responding to any concerns regarding the terminal expansions and the robust EIS process provides that opportunity,” Imperium Renewables CEO John Plaza said. “These are safe, well-designed facilities that are similar to many other facilities that are safely operating in Washington.”

“We remain committed to Grays Harbor and this project,” added Gene McClain,  CEO of Westway Group LLC. “We’re here to invest in the community and make sure we do our part which includes addressing the concerns and questions raised by our neighbors in this new permit application.”

The City and Ecology had issued both companies permits allowing them to move forward last year, but in November, the Shoreline Hearings Board cancelled its hearing on the permits and issued an order requiring more information about the cumulative impacts of increased rail and marine traffic associated with the terminal expansions.

Both companies were already in the process of gathering data on those issues, and that research will contribute to the development of the environmental impact statement. 

Proposed expansions at the Port of Grays Harbor by Westway and Imperium are projected to result in $143.3 million in direct and indirect investment during the year-long construction period, according to a study released by Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. The study also projected that the companies will spend $97.8 million in their first full year of operation. This will result in an additional $18.8 million in indirect economic output in Grays Harbor County.

Combined, these projects will create 148 direct fulltime family-wage jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs for the community and millions more in annual income.

“These kinds of investments are what make the Harbor an attractive place for other businesses looking to locate here,” explained Tim Gibbs, CEO of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. “We are excited that Westway and Imperium is working with our community to grow these opportunities.”

Both companies anticipate the EIS process will take approximately one year allowing for construction to begin in 2015. Construction will take approximately 12 months.

Port of Grays Harbor ariel view

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Imperium Renewables and Pacific Coast Canola sign contract for biofuel supply

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HOQUIAM, Wash. –Imperium Renewables, one of the largest biodiesel manufacturers in the United States, has reached an agreement with Pacific Coast Canola (PCC) to purchaseregionally sourcedcanola oil for biodiesel production.
Pacific Coast Canola’s canola crushing plant in Warden, Wash., is the largest in the West. It began commercial operation in August of 2013 and has the capacity to produce at approximately 137,000 metric tons, or 40,000,000 gallons, of oil annually.
“This milestone agreement with PCC will help us fully realize the potential of renewable biofuels in Washington,” said Imperium CEO John Plaza.  “Canola grown by Pacific Northwest farmers will be processed by PCC and that oil will be made into biodiesel by Imperium at our Hoquiam refinery. This advanced biofuel will be shipped to consumers in the region and around the world. We have been pursuing this goal since 2004 and we are very excited to be working with PCC to see this vision through.”
The agreement will provide a reliable and diversified market for a portion of PCC’s production capacity, while supplying regionally sourced canola oil for Imperium. Locally sourced canola oil will help the biofuels company produce fuels that meet low-carbon fuel standards required by law in California and British Columbia, as well as biodiesel market demands in Oregon and Washington and the global marketplace. Low-carbon fuel standards mandate not only that fuel be refined from less carbon heavy materials such as petroleum, but also take into account the carbon emitted during the growth, production, distribution and use of those fuels.
“We are proud to partner with Imperium, one of our local Washington state customers benefitting from our close proximity,” said Matt Upmeyer, Chief Operations Officer of PCC. “The Imperium contract is another big step as we bring our facility to full capacity, which is great news for local canola farmers.”
About Imperium Renewables
Imperium Renewables is a global leader in next-generation biofuel production in the US. Founded in 2004, the company continues to focus on providing safe domestic fuel supplies for the marketplace and providing family wage jobs in Washington State. Imperium Renewables operates one of the nation’s largest BQ-9000 certified biodiesel facilities, Imperium Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Wash., which is capable of producing up to 100 million gallons per year. More information is available at www.imperiumrenewables.com.
About Pacific Coast Canola
Pacific Coast Canola operates the first and only commercial scale canola crushing operation west of the Rocky Mountains in Warden, Wash., which is well-positioned to supply the expanding demand for canola products on the West Coast of the United States. Pacific Coast Canola is 84 percent owned by Legumex Walker Inc.
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Imperium Renewables continues push to expand, create jobs in Grays Harbor

 
The company is considering an appeal of the board’s order, but plans to continue its permitting efforts regardless. This process is expected to take several months and will include the continued analysis of issues highlighted in the Board’s Order. 
    
Specifically, the board sought more information on the rail and marine impacts of the project, both of which would happen outside the boundaries of Imperium’s operation. Work to collect this information had already been under way as required by the permit conditions and in anticipation of a hearing before the Shoreline Hearing Board, which was previously cancelled by the board.
 
“These expert analyses would have been finalized and presented at the hearing and will confirm no significant environmental impact,” Plaza said.  “We fully expect these issues would have been fully resolved based on these expert analyses had the hearing not been canceled.”
 
Imperium’s proposed expansion would add up to nine new bulk liquid storage tanks and a rail spur on the northern end of its property. The new facility is intended to serve customer demand for handling of bulk liquids, including biofuels and crude oil.

Imperium Renewables continues push to expand, create jobs in Grays Harbor

About Imperium Renewables
Imperium Renewables is a global leader in next-generation biofuel production in the US. Founded in 2004, the company continues to focus on providing safe domestic fuel supplies for the marketplace and providing family wage jobs in Washington State. Imperium Renewables operates one of the nation’s largest BQ-9000 certified biodiesel facilities, Imperium Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Wash., which is capable of producing up to 100 million gallons per year. More information is available at www.imperiumrenewables.com.

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Study says crude by rail would bring hundreds of jobs, millions of dollars

The expansions will be a boon to neighborhoods and local businesses, with operational employment projected at 303 direct and indirect jobs. According to the report, the terminal, rail and marine jobs created through these projects will pay significantly above the Grays Harbor County average. Construction at the port will also require the hiring of 231 workers.

“Since 2008, we’ve taken pride in providing family-wage jobs to the Grays Harbor community. With this expansion, Westway can grow our operations and strengthen our commitment to the safety of our employees and our neighbors,” said Gene McClain, CEO of Westway Terminal Company LLC. “We’re happy to see our dedication to Grays Harbor reflected in the economic impact statement.”

In addition, infrastructure improvements will enable the port to handle increased exports for international markets and better handling of domestic energy supplies.The projects are currently in the permitting stage and are expected to be completed in 2016.

Economic Impact Analysis of Bulk Liquid at Port of Grays Harbor

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Imperium Renewables CEO replies to permitting setbacks in Hoquiam

 The Board’s letter indicates that the Board will require some further review on several discrete topics and Imperium is already well on the way to completing this additional review.  Earlier this year, Imperium began consulting with various experts to continue to evaluate the potential risks the project could pose, both in response to the opponents’ claims and to address the additional review requested by the agencies as conditions of approval. The focus of these experts was to compile responses and information for the permitting agencies on any potential issues, as well as any potential impacts to the community from additional rail and vessel traffic.  

 

In addition, experts were hired in preparation for the appeal of the Imperium Shoreline permit to further define the appropriate mitigation required by the agencies through the SEPA process. These additional experts, who specialize in the fields of heavy industrial construction, spill response mitigation, rail hazards, cultural and archeological evaluations and many other areas, had been engaged to fully assess these issues in anticipation of providing clear guidance to Shoreline Hearing Board that the MDNS, as issued by Ecology and the City, was adequate.  For Imperium, the good news is that much, if not all, of the additional evaluation materials that the Board highlighted in its letter yesterday have already been prepared by Imperium’s expert consultants. 

 

Imperium remains confident that the project impacts are fully understood by the agencies and by leading experts in the field, and that the mitigations highlighted in the letter from the Shoreline Hearing Board have already been addressed as part of this extensive process undertaken by Imperium. Imperium also believes that the existing regulations and the mitigation measures proposed by the City of Hoquiam and Department of Ecology adequately address any potential impacts.  We intend to continue to complete the required evaluations and further our efforts of collaborating with the City and Ecology on these assessments.

 

Imperium has every confidence that the pending final decision from the Shorelines Hearing Board will ultimately lead Imperium to obtaining its desired expansion permits in the near future.  We remain committed to the terminal expansion, as it is a strategic priority for Imperium and its success will create new opportunities for us and significant economic development in the region.

 

 

About Imperium Renewables

Imperium Renewables is a global leader in next-generation biofuel production in the US. Founded in 2004, the company continues to focus on providing safe domestic fuel supplies for the marketplace and providing family wage jobs in Washington State. Imperium Renewables operates one of the nation’s largest BQ-9000 certified biodiesel facilities, Imperium Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Wash., which is capable of producing up to 100 million gallons per year. More information is available at www.imperiumrenewables.com.

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