The statement below can be attributed to John Plaza, founder and CEO of Imperium Renewables:
Beginning last year, Imperium started the process of permitting the construction of a multi-commodity terminal expansion adjacent to its existing 100 million gallon biodiesel facility. It has applied for and received a vast majority of the permits required for the construction of this expansion, including a Shoreline Substantial Development permit and accompanying environmental review by the City of Hoquiam and Department of Ecology. Earlier this year, a small contingent of opponents appealed to the Shoreline Hearings Board for further review of the Hoquiam Shoreline permit.
Yesterday, the Shoreline Hearings Board administrative law judge issued a letter providing Imperium and other interested parties some initial guidance on the Board's decisions regarding information that both the proponents of the project filed, as well as the opposition. The letter issued yesterday does not constitute a final order for all involved, but does give the parties some clear direction on the pending conclusions from the Board that is expected in the coming weeks.