Oregon DEQ Releases Draft Permits and Issues Public Notice on Morrow Pacific Project

May 31 2013
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Liz Fuller, (w) 503-552-5067

Oregon DEQ Releases Draft Permits and Issues Public Notice on Morrow Pacific Project

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 31, 2013 — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released for public notice the three draft permits for the Morrow Pacific project, triggering a 40-day public comment period and three concurrent public hearings, which will occur on July 9, 2013 in Hermiston and Portland.

The three draft permits released are the Standard Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (Air Permit), Industrial Wastewater Permit (WPCF) and Stormwater Construction Discharge Permit (1200-C).

“We are pleased that the permitting process is moving forward,” said Clark Moseley, President & CEO of the Morrow Pacific project.

“The project requires several state and federal permits. State and federal agencies are driving a rigorous and thorough environmental review of the project. While this step is not a green light to begin operations, the DEQ permits, once issued, will be the signal for us to start construction, putting hundreds of Oregonians back to work,” added Moseley.

To download a copy of the draft permits, please visit www.deq.state.or.us.

DEQ Permit Summary

Public Comment Period: May 31, 2013 – July 12, 2013

Public Hearings:


8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Blue Mountain Community College
Room 134
975 SE Columbia Drive
Hermiston, OR 97838

– And –

Oregon Convention Center
Rooms C-120 and C-125
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

Permit Overview:

1. Air Permit (regulates air emissions at Port of Morrow site including unloading, storage and loading of coal)

a. Robust suite of regulatory requirements

i. Puts tight oversight on project’s Port of Morrow facilities
ii. Project is ready to demonstrate ability meet Oregon’s high standards

b. Conservative emissions calculations beyond standards previously used by DEQ or EPA

i. Emissions calculations use top wind speed rather than average
ii. Calculated erosion from loading operation (trains & barge) in manner significantly different than EPA standards (ex: treating trains differently than at PGE Boardman or grain or other bulk commodities)

2. WPCF Permit (oversees wastewater emission at site)

a. Re-circulating (no discharge) system, the permit requires weekly reporting to DEQ – a mechanism to monitor the project

3. 1200-C Permit (required for construction site)

a. Construction permit prior to operations (no coal on site, construction only)


About the Morrow Pacific project
The Morrow Pacific project will receive low-sulfur coal by rail from the Intermountain Region to an enclosed warehouse at the Port of Morrow. From there, enclosed barges will move the coal to Port Westward Industrial Park at the Port of St. Helens. An enclosed transloader will then transfer the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels bound for Asian trade allies, such as Japan, South Korea or Taiwan. The Morrow Pacific project raises the bar for environmental standards in coal export operations. From the Port of Morrow facility until it arrives in Asia, there will be no visible coal and little, if any, coal dust.

For more information please visit www.MorrowPacific.com.

Media Contact:
Liz Fuller, (w) 503-552-5067