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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lawsuit Urges Halt to Clatskanie Oil Terminal's Violation of Clean Air Act

By Marla Nelson, Staff Attorney

The Northwest Environmental Defense Center, along with co-plaintiffs Center for Biological Diversity and Neighbors for Clean Air, filed a federal lawsuit on July 3rd, 2014 to require the crude oil transloading terminal in Clatskanie, Oregon to comply with the Clean Air Act. The former ethanol production facility located at Port Westward along the Columbia River has been quietly transformed into a terminal for the transport of millions of gallons of highly explosive Bakken crude oil.

Check out the press release.

Coverage of the lawsuit:

The lawsuit charges Cascade Kelly Holdings and its owner, Global Partners, with trying to skirt Clean Air Act protections and avoid strict federal permit requirements while converting a bankrupt ethanol facility, constructed with state tax dollars, into a high-volume Columbia River shipping terminal for extremely volatile crude oil.

The lawsuit follows comments NEDC submitted along with other environmental groups in May of 2014 to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality urging the state permitting agency to take a closer look at the facility's projected emissions. Plaintiffs are represented in this matter by Earthjustice.

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