Pacific Coast Fertilizer – SEPA Determination
As lead agency, the City of Longview Department of Community Development today issued a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Significance (DS) for the Pacific Coast Fertilizer (PCF) project. The project, to be located on approximately 61 acres of the Mint Farm Industrial Park in Longview, will process natural gas in the manufacture of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. Zoning for the site is Heavy Industrial District.
Elements of the project include extending the natural gas supply; manufacturing and storage facilities; product transfer to the Nippon Dynawave salt dock on the Columbia River; and truck and marine vessel loading areas. The facility would operate 24 hours per day, year-round, and would be designed to produce 1,650 tons of fertilizer per day.
By issuing the DS at the company’s request, the City has agreed with PCF that the project is likely to create significant environmental impacts and commits the company to begin the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This is a process intended to study the project’s impacts and recommend mitigating measures to reduce the identified impacts.
The first stage of the EIS process is a 30-day scoping period. The City has identified three areas where the project is likely to have its most significant impacts: emissions, potential release of hazardous substances and impacts to emergency services. SEPA documents are available at City Hall, the Longview Public Library, and the Cowlitz County Building and Planning Department. Information will soon be available on the City’s website. Comments regarding alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required are welcome until the close of the scoping period on November 15, 2017.
An open-house style public scoping meeting will be held at the Cowlitz County Event Center on November 8. Two sessions will be held. The first will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the second from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.