Terminal meets air quality standards

By Vancouver Energy On June 29, 2016

Vessel loading and air quality were among the topics covered on Day Three of the adjudicative proceedings.

-Vancouver Energy voluntarily committed to require outgoing IMG_2193vessels from the terminal be escorted by a suitably matched tugboat, despite the fact that no current regulations require it, said Captain Marc Bayer, senior director of shipping operations for Tesoro Maritime, in his written and in-person testimony.

All vessels arriving at the terminal will be “vapor-tight,” meaning they won’t release any emissions from the crude oil because of the secure oil delivery system and the design of the vessels, Bayer said. Between the Vancouver terminal and the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Ore., the vessels will be under the control of experienced, licensed river pilots with extensive knowledge of the river.

-- Eric Hansen, principal at Ramboll Environ, said in his written and in-person testimony that emissions at Vancouver Energy will be below the threshold for each regulated pollutant, enabling the project to be permitted under the state of Washington’s minor source permit process. Hansen’s firm prepared the air quality studies for Vancouver Energy. The terminal is designed to meet all ambient air quality standards, he said.

Design modifications made to the proposed terminal have resulted in a reduction in greenhouse gases of 39 percent, Hansen said. This far exceeds the State Department of Ecology's 11 percent target for greenhouse gas reduction resulting from voluntary changes in Vancouver Energy’s design. Based on Ecology guidance, this reduction alone suggests the terminal would not result in a significant impact based on greenhouse gas emissions, and the design changes should be factored into EFSEC’s consideration of emissions from the project, he said.