Civic Engagement Horizon

Here are two upcoming meetings where your voices and faces are needed.

November 14, 2017 | 5 pm to 7 pm | City Hall 747 Market Street
FIRST READING of ORDINANCE
Tacoma City Council Meeting with Public Comment on Interim Regulations Tideflats
Ordinance 28470

November 27, 2017 | 7 pm to 9 pm | Bates Technical College | 1101 S. Yakima Ave
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency re: Fracked Gas Plant (Mello/Woodards legacy)
Public Information Meeting and Public Comment

Take note: industry has exhibited a trend where they fill these rooms up, taking up spaces where regular citizens should be able to participate. We are noticing a trend with agency, as well. They schedule a meeting for a particular time, then without notice, move the meeting time up. They have also started to move public comments the front of the meeting, which means that if you show up on time, and they have moved the meeting earlier, you are deprived the opportunity to comment. Get there early, if you can.

Remember, agency and industry consider your silence/absence to be consent.

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November 14, 2017 | 5pm to 7pm | Tacoma City Hall – 747 Market Street
FIRST READING of ORDINANCE
(Note that the FINAL reading is scheduled on November 21, 2017 – one week later)
Tacoma City Council Meeting with Public Comment on Interim Regulations Tideflats
Ordinance 28470

November 27, 2017 | 7pm to 9pm | Bates Technical College – 1101 S. Yakima Ave
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency re: Fracked Gas Plant (Mello/Woodards legacy)
Public Information Meeting and Public Comment

Here are my two cents for you to consider….researched as best I can.

November 14, 2017 5 pm to 7 pm FIRST READING of ORDINANCE
THE FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE is scheduled November 21, 2017, which is only a week after the First Reading. 
A couple of things to note about this.
The Planning Commission has suggested expanding the notification parameters to 2500′ of a project. That is less than half a mile. While I’m happy that we have been heard about the serious inefficiencies inherent in their notification process, this is a mere half-measure. Essentially, only industry gets notified. I live just outside the half mile radius, but the emissions and other environmental issues will not honor a half mile boundary. I will not know what is going on down there if I don’t stay on top of agency and industry.  Neither will you. If you drive on 509, any stretch of it, you will be affected. We deserve to know.

Keep an eye on Exhibit B of the interim regulations for the tideflats:

Exhibit B: Non-industrial Uses in the Port of Tacoma M/IC
• These amendments would pause certain new non-industrial uses within the Port of Tacoma M/IC.
The amendments would apply to the M-2 Heavy Industrial and PMI Port Maritime Industrial zoning districts within the M/IC.
• The specific uses identified include, but are not limited to:
o Destination/high intensity parks and recreation,
o Agriculture,
o Residential uses,
o Hospitals,
o Airports,
o Schools (K-12),
o Retail,
o Cultural institutions, and
o Care facilities.
• Existing non-industrial uses subject to the pause would be considered allowed uses subject to limitations on expansion per TMC 13.06.630 Nonconforming uses.

I suspect that the City and the Port will move to put Exhibit B in place, removing the requirements for pause for all activities covered by Exhibit D. If they do that, they would impose restrictions on commercial development of the port but would essentially allow, in perpetuity, for heavy industry to be the ONLY allowed developer on the Port. So – please, go speak  up and make your voice heard!


November 27, 2017 7 pm to 9 pm
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency  re: Fracked Gas Plant (Mello/Woodards legacy)
Bates Technical College 

October 3, PSCAA deemed the application for Notice of Construction technically complete. PSE/Macquarie presented a report analyzing the chemicals that they will be reporting to PSCAA – BY BOOK, i.e., mathematical calcluations.

There are no real time monitors on the Port. Remember this.

One of the chemicals that PSE/Macquarie had to provide calculations for is chromium as hexavalent chromium (Cr/VI). Now, I’m not a scientist, but I know enough about hexavalent chromium as a procurement professional to know that this is not a chemical that we want in our air and our water.

PSE/Macquarie presents a report analyzing how much hexavalent chromium they will be emitting via flare.

LNG Flare Stack
LNG flare stack in Queensland
Here’s what we need to remember. CUMULATIVE EFFECTS NOT MEASURED OR CONSIDERED.

Schnitzer Steel processes/recycles metals 24/7 365 that contain hexavalent chromium – and I say this with some confidence because I know that it has been only been 11 years since REACH regulations went into effect in the EU, and not all American manufacturers have adopted REACH guidelines for their products. REACH prohibits 65 chemicals in manufacturing of products which are intended for the EU market. Additionally, The probability that Schnitzer is processing old metals with old paints/finishes is high. Chromium VI compounds is one chemical prohibited by REACH. Hexavalent chromium is a VI chromium.

via scoopnest.com
An aerial photo of one of the fires that occasionally breaks out at Schnitzer
Chromium exposure in the water and the air have seriously harmful effects on humans and animals.

So please go to the PSCAA meeting and voice your concerns. The meeting is informational; meaning, they will present information and answer questions but it is not a hearing, so your questions and concerns won’t be formally recorded. It’s still important to go. Otherwise, your silence/absence is considered consent.

Please spread the word. We need more good people doing this good work!

 

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