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DEQ seeks comment on Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery application

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Do you have something to say about Columbia Pacific Bio Refinery’s application for a new air quality permit? If so, the Department of Environmental Quality is interested in what you have to say.

DEQ representatives will be at Clatskanie High School, 471 Bel Air Drive, in Clatskanie on April 3 for an information session between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and pre-registered comment from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Register to comment here.

Cascade Kelly Holdings, owner of the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery, has applied for a new Standard Air Contaminant Discharge Permit for a bulk organic liquid product storage and marine vessel loading operation, according to the news release from DEQ. Those products include crude oil and ethanol.

On June 26, 2012, DEQ allowed for modification of the existing ethanol plant permit, allowing the facility to receive and transload 50,000,000 gallons of crude oil annually; the agency allowed those actions because it could be performed within existing equipment and emission controls. As Cascade Kelly Holdings significantly increased storage and loading of crude oil and intends to receive as much as 1,839,600,000 gallons annually, they have created a new source of emissions and a new permit is required. Find out more here.

For those who cannot attend the hearing but still wish to comment, the DEQ will accept written comment until 5 p.m. on April 11. Send comment to:
DEQ Northwest Region
Air Quality Permit Coordinator
2020 SW 4th Ave, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97201
Fax: 503-229-6945
Or email to: NWRAQPermits@deq.state.or.us

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