Lawsuit Aims to Kill Stalled $2Billion Methanol Refinery Project

SEATTLE — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state board required further environmental review.

Conservation and public health groups, including Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, sued in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to invalidate key federal permits as well.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permits, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment."



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