Statement from Rep. Peter Abbarno on Northwest Innovation Works’ decision to end methanol plant project in Kalama

Northwest Innovation Works has announced it is terminating its lease with the Port of Kalama and ending a seven-year effort to build a $2.3 billion methanol plant at the port. The decision on Friday follows a long list of setbacks, including a key permit denied by the state Department of Ecology in January, after the company has spent tens of millions of dollars addressing state agency concerns.

Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, who represents the 20th Legislative District, which includes Kalama where the project is located, issued the following statement Friday after learning of the decision.

“I'm extremely disappointed, not with Northwest Innovation Works, but with Governor Inslee and his state agencies, who have continued to move the goalpost on this project, making it impossible for this plant to be built. Washington state's overburdensome regulations and the governor is killing a quality economic development project in Southwest Washington and the 20th Legislative District.

“Had this project been allowed to move forward, it would have created more than a thousand union construction jobs and more than two hundred permanent family-wage jobs. Unfortunately, the Inslee administration has once again chosen extreme green policies over labor, working families and family-wage jobs.

“This is becoming a pattern with the governor and his party. As a member of the House Environment and Energy Committee, I fought against many job-killing policies, such as cap-and-trade and the low-carbon fuel standard that will hurt working families and reduce economic opportunities. I am concerned these extreme policies may continue to further drive economic investment from our state and curb future opportunities.

“Not only would new family wage jobs have been created at the Port of Kalama, the Northwest Innovation Works project would have stimulated the post COVID economy in Southwest Washington and could have helped to flatten the worldwide emissions curve. Very disappointing, but unfortunately, not surprising under this governor's administration.”

Read the Northwest Innovation Works statement at: https://nwinnovationworks.com/news/nwiwk-temporizes-development-assess-new-regulatory-political-landscape.html

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