Controversial Kalama methanol plant gets county OK

County officials gave a final thumbs-up this week to a proposed methanol plant 40 miles north of Portland on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

The nearly $2 billion project at the Port of Kalama is now in the hands of state environmental regulators, who have 30 days to review Cowltiz County’s decision to affirm shoreline permits granted to developer NW Innovation Works.

The project’s local and global impacts have been at issue.

In a letter Wednesday, Cowlitz planners said a final…


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