Now the details see, RESOLUTION NO. 39882 (pdf files format) http://cityoftacoma.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=785bbfa4-87f3-46f8-936a-c50b49dcc36e.pdf ; City Council Action Memorandum, http://cityoftacoma.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=46279792-34d5-4666-9667-47149510b62e.pdf ; and Citizen’s Forum Format, http://cityoftacoma.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=F&ID=57f6d521-3331-45d0-98af-a0d31aec70fb.pdf
Point Ruston Development Christmas decorations set for holidatys
Enjoy the ride-through:
Learn to operate the motorcycle throttle twist and control front brake activation at the same time. The Brake Light Initiative (“BLI”) is a important rider control skill.
See., The Brake Light Initiative- A Treatise on Motorcycle Control- Ride Craft: A treatise on bike control, from the author of The Pace., http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/05/28/the-brake-light-initiative-treatise-on-motorcycle-control-using-your-braking-skills/ (last visited 29 Nov 2017)
Let’s not forget Flint MI and what the US EPA let happen to the citizens without presenting public warning or hazards disclosure.
See generally, Five takeaways from congressional hearing on Flint
We see that US EPA in concealed from public deals with State and Local government sacrificed the Citizens health for interests of government(s). This should not have ever happened. The solution: for US EPA release all Community hazards information as soon as discovered … forget State and Local emergency management because they are unqualified to protect Citizens from and hazards if the disclosure in not in the government’s interest.
More hearings held Thursday, 17 March 2016 Flint, Michigan Drinking Water Contamination Gina McCarthy and Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) testified at a hearing on the Safe Drinking Water Act and lead contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan.
More hearings on the Flint water failures to be added to this post as reveled.
State Environmental Policy Act (“SEPA”) Helps How?
I have always had questions about how a SEPA can protect the environment by its results when the detailed scientific studies, data, and articles are not published first before public input permitted by the SEPA process.
Others have questioned the SEPA process also; for example:
- Where “[P]rocess does not mandate environmentally-friendly decisions, but is intended to guarantee that the government will act in light of environmental consequences.” See, The Prima Facie Burden and the Vanishing SEPA Threshold: Washington’s Emerging Preference for Efficiency over Accuracy (at 404), http://blogs.gonzaga.edu/gulawreview/files/2011/02/Hirokawa.pdf (last visited Mar 3, 2016);
The people doing the SEPA EIS review might just have their own results thinking:
2. Serfdom: Isolated decision making in the urban planning context produces a phenomenon that Professor Robin Molloy of Syracuse University calls “serfdom,” in which legal outcomes depend upon personal status in the political sphere. In such a legal environment, what people are allowed to do depends upon who they know, on whether their projects seem politically advantageous, on whether they fit a planner’s vision for a particular urban landscape, or on whether they benefit a city’s financial interests. Public entrepreneurialism, the participation of the public purse in urban development, is part of this phenomenon. See, Abstraction, Precedent, and Articulate Consistency: Making Environmental Decisions California Western Law Review (Vol. 34) (at 3, p. 429), http://scholarlycommons.law.cwsl.edu/cwlr/vol34/iss2/11 (last visited Mar 3, 2016)
- We trade this-for-that so it’s a wash in Washington at expense of environment tomorrow, “SEPA gives state and local agencies the authority to require conditions to offset any identified adverse environmental impacts.” See, SEPA Overview, http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sepa/overview.html (last visited Mar 3, 2016);
- Washington State SEPA presentation overview. See generally, MRSC – State Environmental Policy Act, http://mrsc.org/Home/Explore-Topics/Environment/Environmental-Laws/State-Environmental-Policy-Act.aspx (last visited Mar 3, 2016); and
- What has already been decided in Washington State related to environmental policy see, Appendix B – Significant SEPA Appellate Court Decisions, http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sepa/handbk/hbappb.html (last visited Mar 3, 2016).
Therefore, a lot of questions about just how effective is Wash. SEPA process?
We will all know more as the Tacoma Methanol Facility SEPA EIS process unfolds.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
EIS Scoping Comments: Tacoma Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility (TMMEF): “Proposed Methanol Plant”: SEPA Lead Agency: City of Tacoma (File No. SEPA2015-40000260025).
My comment applies to City, State, and Federal Employee (people) located or assigned duty at close proximity to Tacoma Port LNG, Methanol, or natural gas (methane) piping distribution facilities or systems as “first responders” and are full-time employed with “first responders” duties to these natural gas related facilities. Monitoring of workplace air chemical inventory is important to long-term health and welfare of these “first responders” government or any private people employed with such “first responders” duties; as a result, continuous hazard(s) monitoring is critical for these emergency responsive employees’ long term health.
[C]onsidered highly toxic to humans and animals until it biodegrades. Consistent with comment, the EIS will complete a comprehensive analysis of the adequacy of federal, state, and local emergency response capabilities to address spills, explosion, and/or fire along the pipeline route, at the site, and during transfer for shipping purposes. Commenters asked that the EIS consider methanol tank construction and safety measures, including the degree of secondary containment.… See, Methanol EIS Draft Scope of Work 02052016.pdf (at 7)., http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/planning/Methanol%20Plant/Methanol%20EIS%20Draft%20Scope%20of%20Work%2002052016.pdf(last visited Mar 2, 2016).
Continuous air monitoring for all emergency response locations (fire stations), vehicles (emergency response vehicles), or stations (emergency equipment locations)
“Where there is potential exposure to Hydrogen Sulfide, a monitoring strategy is recommended to ensure exposures are kept below acceptable levels and standards and that appropriate action is taken when there are excursions above these levels. Either traditional IH monitoring methods or electronic instruments can be used for this purpose.” See
generally, Monitoring Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) to meet new exposure standards, (using continuous workplace chemicals exposure monitor for employee health) http://www.draeger.com/sites/assets/PublishingImages/Generic/sidebar-teaser/CA-US/Hydrogen_Sulfide_White_Paper_81297.pdf (last visited Mar 2, 2016).
As Methanol facility publishes listing of fugitive air chemicals released
As a result, expand the continuous air monitoring systems and sensors to include what chemicals are discovered as disclosed by methanol process or natural gas distribution system to be short- and long-term employee workplace hazards; as a result, set appropriate people alarms in monitor equipment and add this time chemical exposure information to each exposed employee for their health record.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
EIS Scoping Comments: Tacoma Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility (TMMEF): “Proposed Methanol Plant”: SEPA Lead Agency: City of Tacoma (File No. SEPA2015-40000260025).
My comment applies to potential environment impact upon Tacoma and surrounding communities:
Hydrogen Sulfide and Our Community Air
Since we don’t know the sources from which feed the Tacoma LNG and Methanol Facilities natural gas supply raw product input to process—sour gas, sweet gas, fracking gas, or just natural gas, and from which specific location mined; as a result, we must monitor the air hazards introduced into Tacoma Community forever.
It will become necessary to setup monitor multiple air inventory monitor stations within Tacoma Port and Tacoma Community neighborhoods (also Federal Way and Fife Wash.) that will detect and record hydrogen sulfide (“H2S”) content and the amount of hydrogen sulfide within our air inventory at the sampling station. This air monitoring must be done for Community(s) people health and illness prevention. See generally, Hydrogen Sulfide, Oil and Gas, and People’s Health Energy and Resources Group University of California, Berkeley, http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/landuse/hydrogensulfidestudy.pdf (last visited Mar 1, 2016).
The potential stationary hydrogen sulfide source potential emitters
“flaring operations at both oil and gas facilities, venting, wastewater pits, and an oil refinery….”, supra at 45. The H2S air monitor stations should be located to detect emissions from these emitters.
Also we need H2S air monitor stations along length of natural gas piping distribution system pips and all pumping stations where possibility of piping gasket leakage or pumping station seals could leak, supra at 8, note 21. This is important to those persons’ health living within proximity to this distribution natural gas system that feeds the Methanol Facility and LNG Facility.
Oil and gas operations may emit hydrogen sulfide, routinely or accidentally, during the extraction, storage, trans port, or processing stage.20 During of extraction, hydrogen sulfide may be released into the atmosphere at wellheads, pumps, piping, separation devices, oil storage tanks, water storage vessels, and during flaring operations.21 Flares burn gases that cannot be sold as well as gases at points in the system where operating problems may occur, as a safety measure. Because it cannot be sold, hydrogen sulfide is routinely flared. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is the product of combusting hydrogen sulfide, but in the event of incomplete combustion, H2S may be emitted into the atmosphere. Supra at 8.
Community health and wellness requires we monitor our air
Because we have potential of three hazards present within Tacoma Port—natural gas piping system, LNG Facility, and Methanol Facility—we need to monitor the air we Tacoma Community people must breath: as a result, to know when our health is affected and to what extent by these industrial process(s) operating within our Tacoma Community.
Why is the TPP not good for Tacoma people
We, I have, known for a long time the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) has been secret for what ending benefit to whom? Therefore, just maybe we can understand a little who is doing what to just who that benefits our Tacoma Community?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an expansive trade deal being negotiated between twelve countries in the Pacific Rim: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. Because the TPP is intended as a “docking agreement,” other countries would be able to join over time.
The TPP touches on a broad range of issues—the environment, workers and jobs, access to medicines, and more. The TPP would also allow foreign corporations to sue governments directly for unlimited cash compensation—in private, non – transparent tribunals—over almost any domestic environmental or other policy that the corporation alleges is hurting its ability to profit.
Despite the impact that the TPP would have on nearly every aspect of our lives, the TPP is being negotiated in near complete secrecy. None of the draft chapters of the agreement have been made public, and the only people with access to texts are a handful of government officials and hundreds of “trade advisors” who almost exclusively represent multinational corporations.
One of the dirtiest secrets of the TPP is its potential to pave the way for dramatically increased fracking across the United States. See, An Explosion of Fracking? One of the Dirtiest Secrets of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Sierra Club, https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/uploads-wysiwig/TPP-LNG_Factsheet_Updated.pdf (last visited Feb 27, 2016).
Tacoma Mayor supports TPP
“She [Mayor] reiterated her support for the proposed free trade Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, . . .” See, Tacoma mayor looks abroad in 2016 State of the City speech | The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article62322212.html (last visited Feb 27, 2016)
What has past combustion sources explained already
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that in the coming decades the United States’ natural gas (NG) demand for electricity generation will increase. Estimates also suggest that NG supply will increasingly come from imported liquefied natural gas (LNG). Additional supplies of NG could come domestically from the production of synthetic natural gas (SNG) via coal gasification-methanation. The objective of this study is to compare greenhouse gas (GHG), SOx, and NOx life-cycle emissions of electricity generated with NG/LNG/SNG and coal. This life-cycle comparison of air emissions from different fuels can help us better understand the advantages and disadvantages of using coal versus globally sourced NG for electricity generation. Our estimates suggest that with the current fleet of power plants, a mix of domestic NG, LNG, and SNG would have lower GHG emissions than coal. If advanced technologies with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) are used, however, coal and a mix of domestic NG, LNG, and SNG would have very similar life-cycle GHG emissions. For SOx and NOx we find there are significant emissions in the upstream stages of the NG/LNG life-cycles, which contribute to a larger range in SOx and NOx emissions for NG/LNG than for coal and SNG. See generally, Comparative Life-Cycle Air Emissions of Coal, Domestic Natural Gas, LNG, and SNG for Electricity Generation Environ. Sci. Technol. 2007 , 41, 6290 – 6296, http://www.fe.doe.gov/programs/gasregulation/authorizations/2012_applications/sierra_exhibits_12_100_LNG/Ex._80_-_Jaramillo_2007.pdf (last visited Feb 27, 2016).
Hazardous Process: Methanol: Requires Quality Process in Tacoma
What is ISO 9000 Quality?
Quality and hazards containment is a requirement to keep our Tacoma Community and people safe as possible from potential hazards; it follows international standards apply here at home to:
- Natural gas (methane gas);
- LNG Facility; and
- Methanol Facility.
Quality process for plant design, materials selections, construction methods, employee health and welfare, industrial process, computer process control all required ISO9000 compliance https:/en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=ISO_9000&oldid=704628982 (last visited Feb 17, 2016)
We know when hazardous materials are processed, refined, and handled; as a result, the quality, security, and performance of all systems must be operated and available and ready with the least failures because otherwise the Tacoma Community is placed at risk as defined by Tacoma EIS.
The Tacoma Methane Facility is one such processing plant that contains and handles materials that present hazard to workers, local people, and community people; as a result, when things fail or fault. For example, methane, sour natural gas, sweet natural gas, piping systems, container systems, process control systems, fire suppression systems, computer systems, computer software and hardware, material handling system, and human error—all are fault factors necessary for quality audit.
Tacoma community will support a Methanol Facility
For a safe Tacoma Community, we need gas industries to use safe practices always. For example,
The industry handles hazardous fluids and gases through a variety of processes. Considerations of the safety of personnel, both staff and public, of the protection of the environment and of business continuity (maintenance of revenue streams, both for companies and for national economies) require a high level of operational integrity. A key element in the assurance of appropriate products being supplied is the quality management system operated by the goods supplier and service contractor. The experience of previous editions of API Q1 has proven that requirements additional to ISO 9001:2000 are necessary to provide assurance with respect to quality of products and services on a consistent and global basis. See, Quality management system for the oil and natural gas industry (2003-11-10) – ISO, http://www.iso.org/iso/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?refid=Ref879 (last visited Feb 17, 2016).
The New Tribune article reminds us about the soundness of the Methanol Facility operation
I agree, safe methanol system construction, materials used, the human control element and all automated control systems are necessary to make the methanol process operate within minimum failures.
See generally, Tacoma: Criticism of methanol plant unfounded thenewstribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article60665661.html (last visited Feb 17, 2016).
It follows, quality is necessary when building and processing gas industrial hazards
Therefore, the Tacoma EIS must mandate all Tacoma gas processing must be compliant with ISO9000 standards and have the audit trail to prove compliance to community for their safe Methanol Facility operation does exist. ISO9000 compliance audit trail will provide the necessary compliance for:
- Engineering planning activities;
- Selection of materials used to contain sour methane gas;
- Piping and safety shutoff valves and shutdown systems;
- Mitigation plans validated for community hazards protection;
- Process manual and automatic control systems;
- All written procedures defined and audited for correct procedures in the event of an unusual event at the Methanol Facility;
- All computer software audited to current ISO computer hardware and software standards with back up parallel operating control systems in event of computer software or hardware fault.
- All employee training audited to ISO standards comparable to hazards present within the Tacoma Methanol Facility.