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Petition by Claudia Riedener
To be delivered to Tacoma City Council, Tacoma Mayor Strickland, Port of Tacoma Commissioners, Washington State Department of Ecology, The Washington State House and 2 other targets (click here to see more)
The 3.4 billion dollar methanol refinery, proposed by NW Innovation Works (owned by the Chinese government) is estimated to use 10,000 gallons of fresh water each minute and enough electricity to power 320,000 households. Also used in the chemical process are huge amounts of fracked natural gas pumped in via pipeline. The sole purpose for this methanol would be to make more plastics in China. Meanwhile our recycled plastics are not reused by the industry, and most end up in landfills. Methanol is highly volatile at room temperature and methanol refinery explosions are a real danger. Nearby residents and the ICE detention center are located within a potential blast zone. The chemical refinery would also release about 1,000 gallons of waste water per minute and toxins such as arsenic, lead and formaldehyde into our air.
Our region has already spent billions to clean up after dirty industry. Let’s not allow them to pollute our sensitive environment on the Salish Sea again.
The Pacific Northwest has experienced its worst drought in history. It has been forecast this will be the new normal. Let’s protect our most important and valuable resource – fresh water – and let’s not sell it off at fire-sale prices. Contact your city, Port of Tacoma, state and national representatives and the Washington State Department of Ecology and tell them NO to the largest chemical refinery in the Northwest – NO WATER FOR METHANOL!
This time the explosion was in Lishui, a city known for its picturesque landscape in the Zhejiang province of eastern China.
So far, no injuries or casualties have been reported and the fire is said to be under control, according to People’s Daily Online.
Firefighters battle a fire at a chemical plant after explosion on September 7 in Lishui, China. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
Chinese media has reported that an electric welder was misused, which led to the ignition of methanol in the factory and caused the fire.
It is thought that the fire started on the ground floor of the three story factory building where the chemical plant’s refinery was housed.
Initial reports indicate that the explosion occurred sometime in the afternoon of September 7.
Fire trucks from several local fire departments were dispatched to Nanming Chemical Co Ltd in the city’s economic development zone at 3.33pm.
The fire was controlled by 6.30pm.
Photographs of the fire site showed roaring flames towering over the neighboring trees.
As fire trucks sprayed foam over the fire, heavy smoked bellowed out.
Desolate, burnt out buildings and cars were left after the fire died down but no one was injured.
It is thought that the fire started on the ground floor of the three story factory building where the refinery was housed.
Chinanews.com has reported that an electric welder was apparently misused, which led to the ignition of methanol in the factory.
Fire trucks from several local fire departments were dispatched to Nanming Chemical Co Ltd in the city’s economic development zone.
The buildings and grounds of the chemical plant was left desolate following the explosion and fire, which was dampened with foam spray ,
Lishui is known for its picturesque landscape. However, this explosion makes it the fourth chemical explosion in less than a month.
According to the company’s website, Nanming Chemical Co Ltd specializes in ‘development and production of hi-tech fine chemical products’.
The sizable company was founded in 1994 and has an estimated revenue of 150 million Yuan (£15 million).
The Lishui incident makes it the fourth chemical explosion that has been reported in China in less than a month.
An enormous explosion that sent shock waves through the city of Tianjin, eastern China, on August 12 was the first of these.
The accident caused the deaths of more than 150 people.
This was followed in quick succession by two separate explosions in Shangdong, a province just south of Tianjin.
The four explosions called into question the safety measures employed at the chemical plants and local media speculates that there will be increased stringency announced in coming months.
Tianjin mayor Huang Xingguo has already announced that the city would step up controls on hazardous chemicals companies and others are expected to follow suit.
It is currently not known whether anyone will be charged over causing the explosions in Lishui.
Tianjin explosions (above) on August 12 had sent shockwaves through the sprawling metropolis. Over 150 people died as a result of it.
Damage to the area was extensive as two separate explosions took place. Tianjin residents are on high alert about the resulting pollution.
Massive Explosion Rocks the Atlas Foundry in Tacoma, WA on October 06, 2007..
Published on Sep 28, 2013
Raw archive footage of the October 2007 explosion at the Atlas Foundry in Tacoma.
There are three primary principles of real estate, whether residential, commercial or industrial: location, location and location. The Fukushima nuclear plants, for example, were built on Japan’s coastline for a practical and essential purpose; to ensure a steady, uninterrupted water supply to keep the system cool. The designers and engineers were very deliberate about the location of the reactors. It never occurred to them that the ocean waters essential to the cooling of the reactors would eventually lead to their destruction – and five years later, their continuing leakage of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean.
The proponents of the Northwest Innovations Works methanol plant insist that the Port of Tacoma is the ideal site for their facility – the largest methanol plant in the world. The intended site is already an industrial zone, it is on a well-maintained rail line, and, of course, it is on a major West Coast port.
I understand all that; in terms of established infrastructure, it is a perfect location.
But as with Fukushima, there are far larger, more enduring and more powerful forces to keep in mind. Everyone who knows the area knows that we are long overdue for an earthquake – the big one. Mt. Rainier, as we all know from seeing it or from the Port’s glossy marketing, hovers in the background.
Mt. Rainier is not dormant.
It could erupt any time, and the western face, the side that faces Puget Sound, is the oldest, most brittle, and most likely to fail. And when, not if, that side of the mountain fails, the mud and lava flow will follow the Puyallup River into Commencement Bay – right through the Port of Tacoma.
On the West Coast, we are more aware than most of the hazards of tsunamis. In the studies and modeling, there is one area of south Puget Sound that is particularly vulnerable – the Port of Tacoma. Rail lines and Port access are essential to our local economy, but they too would be swept away by any of these natural catastrophes.
To place a facility like this, both toxic and potentially explosive, in an obvious hazard zone is foolhardy at best. A general rule of thumb is to have potentially dangerous industrial sites at least three miles from residential areas. This plant is about one mile from downtown Tacoma and about that same distance from several residential neighborhoods.
This whole project is owned and paid for, not by some US based or even global corporation, but by the Chinese government. In China, fatal industrial accidents kill workers each day. Even if we imagine that Chinese building and manufacturing standards have miraculously improved, that the jobs are stable, safe, and use local labor, that the facility is safe, that we can afford a facility that uses the water and energy of a mid-sized city, and yes, that we need the product, then perhaps the methanol plant is worth building.
But should we, in an era of rapidly rising sea levels, increasing likelihood of serious earthquakes, and all of us facing an inevitable volcanic eruption, build a potentially hazardous facility in what is arguably the lowest and most vulnerable site on the West Coast?
We will be coping with the radioactive legacy of Fukushima for generations to come. The last thing we need is our own Tacoma brand of a toxic contribution to the Salish Sea.
When it comes to human made infrastructure versus nature, nature always wins.
M. Morford Writer, teacher, community story-teller, poet, advocate of the oddities of earthly existence. Scavenger of the unlikely.
This is a photograph of my first born son. He was born in Vancouver Washington, at Vancouver Memorial Hospital on December 21st, 1979 at 615 in the morning and weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce. He is half Puerto Rican from his father and is also a mix of French, Danish, Scottish, Irish and English from me.
He was raised by a couple with red hair who lived in Vancouver with their adopted daughter from Korea. Few people know that in the last few months of my senior year of High School I discovered that I was pregnant. When I could no longer hide my condition, I fearfully told my Mother.
Although I never caused any problems for my parents while growing up, the first words out of my Mother’s mouth was that I was a slut and then I was given two options. My options were to agree to surrender the baby to an adoption agency as soon as he was born and the second option was that if I wanted to keep the baby, I would be thrown out onto the streets and not only would I never be allowed to step foot inside my parents house again, my baby would not ever be accepted as part of the family. I could not bear the idea of him being subjected to the hatred and rejection from those who claimed to love me, I was not confident that I could provide a roof over his head, I was young, I was scared and because I wanted him to have a better life then I could offer,
the only option for his sake was to give him up for adoption. In the months before his birth, my growing womb was deemed as an embarrassment, I was excluded from family functions, the subject of pointed remarks by my siblings who were feeding off of my Mother’s disgust and I spent the last week’s before his birth sequestered in my bedroom crying silently and attempting to write him a letter and create a piece of artwork that his future family planned to give him one day. With great regret I never completed either one. Every letter was filled with overwhelming grief, every
drawing was ruined by the teardrops diluting the ink from my quill pen. On the day that he was born, the nurse was about to whisk him out of the delivery room when she was stopped by the obstetrician. He asked me if I would like to hold my baby and when she stated snidely that I was giving him up for adoption he gave her a glaring look and said that I had earned the opportunity. As I held my son for the first and only time, he did not cry, but looked at me intently with the eyes of an old soul. For those few minutes we just looked at each other, we connected with each other and after the Doctor left the delivery room and the obviously annoyed nurse ripped him out of my arms,
a piece of my heart was taken away with him. I am sharing this story in the hope that it will be shared. That by a miracle my son will read it one day and will be willing to meet me again. It is not my intention to disregard the parents that raised him. While my family was so quick to cast him from their lives and have never acknowledged what my Mother still refers to as my “incident”, on the day that the social worker from Catholic Family Services brought him to his new home, his parents stood in the doorway, cradling him and crying tears of joy.
This vision of my son being so loved and wanted was the only way that I survived the dark days after losing him. I want to meet him again to perhaps be his friend, to tell him about his family tree, to introduce him to his younger brothers and perhaps to make my heart whole again. So please,
if you are reading this and especially if you are in the Pacific N.W,
share my story.
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Nancy Anderson VanDyne We were neighbors just living kitty corner from one another. I Love You girl… In tears at work. I do hope with all my HEART that you two find one another
Andrea Alvord Thank you Nancy, sorry that I caused you to cry, I love you.
Nancy Anderson VanDyne Reposted can you send letter to Catholic services? That they could forward? Even to his parents that raised him… I’m sure that he would want to meet his birth Mother
Dawn Lopez Wow,lots of tears of sadness for your years of inner pain and broken heart. You will find him I feel it in my heart. This is the year of new beginnings. It says so much of who you are a wonderful loving kind person, I believe your first born son would …See More
Andrea Alvord replied · 1 Reply
Carol Behrends Yanez Bill found his mother when he was 62 yrs old. You WILL find your son.
Andrea Alvord replied · 1 Reply
JF Martin Thank you for sharing Andrea.
Cathy Jimenez This is so sad. Hope and pray you find your son Andrea Alvord. It’s sad that you didn’t have anyone on your side when you needed them. Shame on all of them. I can’t say I know how you feel cause I don’t, and I’m glad my parents, mad and all were still …See More
Andrea Alvord replied · 1 Reply
Andrea Alvord Thankyou Norma, I have found so much peace in this first step.
Tory Klink You have taken the first step to reuniting with your son, that took courage! I wish all the best for you on this journey……you can do it!
Andrea Alvord Thank you so much Tory. I am just amazed by all of the love and support.
Karen Ware Erickson Two volunteer search Angels on Facebook…Mary Edna Thames Wilson and Priscilla Stone Sharp. Mary found my son after decades of searching.
Liza Brown GOD BLESS YOU
Connie Gray http://www.doh.wa.gov/…/AdoptionRuleChangeOpensAccessto… every states laws are different.
Adoption law change opens access to birth records
doh.wa.gov|By Washington State Dept. of Health
Carolina Liima Hi Andrea, your post reached us in Texas and we are sharing it… We hope you find you beloved son Here is a message from my friend Ilene Jacobs
“Hi. Carolina shared your post. I wanted to mention that there are national and international registr…See More
Carolina Liima replied · 2 Replies
Marla Oney Rosenberger Best wishes in your search. I’m passing your story along. My prayers are with you.
Marla Oney Rosenberger replied · 4 Replies
Connie Gray also, do your dna… in the event he may not look but his descendants do, your dna will be his beacon home….
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Andrea Alvord This is an option that I had not thought of, thank you so much. Blessings
Ashley Newton replied · 2 Replies
Connie Gray join dna detectives here on facebook. they have a link for ancestry dna kit for 79.
Leah Nichole Rink replied · 1 Reply
Sheilah Cavanagh Marks I sent you a msg with a group also smile emoticon
Alice Oconnor Your getting lots of options andrea,go girl ,alice
Alice Oconnor Shared in napoleon michigan
Ann Moon I live in Kalama Washington and I shared your post I hope this helps you find your son .Praying for you !
Shakirah Wilson Wow Andrea this is really getting some momentum, I’m so excited for you. I love you my friend.
Rebekah Jones Pm sent ♡
Robin Covey shared in oklahoma
Dawn Lopez Soon you and your son will be united I feel it. 2016 is going to be an awesome year. Love You, you deserve this, time for healing
A non-profit organization providing search, reunion and educational resources and support to the adult…
warmsearch.org|By Washington Adoption Reunion Movement
Ashley Newton My sister shared this in Nashville Tennessee which got to me in California and a few good friends of mine shared it in Texas and Seattle. Hope you find him! And look into ancestry DNA, it’ amazing!!
Leanne Costello Shared in Florida. I’m a birthmother too. I was blessed with an open adoption, but regardless…there is no pain like leaving a hospital with empty arms.
Sending love and prayers that this huge step you’ve taken will be rewarded very soon…
Lisa Peterson Lenker Shared in Oregon
Joyce Erland You will find him. I am I PDX and am sharing this. Bless you and your honest efforts. Your parents’ generation had some very difficult attitudes. Thank goodness things have changed. Vaya con Dios.
Peggy Hager Shared in Puyallup Washington
Derith Andrew Shared in Oregon!
Brenda Wylie Bruce Shared by another Oregonian with multitudes of fam & friends scattered in the NW.
I am sorry your experience was so horrible and unloving, yet you were so courageous to not make one mistake become two-and in turn, filled the lives and hearts of the receiving couple. Thank you.
Amber Schiefelbein replied · 2 Replies
Mia Cameron I am in Vancouver now sharing but I live in nikiski alaska. ..so we’re sharing far n wide…praying n good luck
Barbara Calchera Shared on UT with friends in PA and NY
Steven E. Dewater Wow..what a story..sorry it was like that…my wife an I adopted our now 18 year old son openly from a high school senior…I now wonder if her family acted so callously toward her..god bless you in your search…
Sally Huddleston Ashworth Andrea I really hope you are able to find your son. Have you tried Search Angels. Some of them search for free others charge. Also I found my birthfathers kin and info on him from using Troy Dunn “The Searcher” . He charges if he does the search himsel…See More
Elaine King Shared in Port Orchard, Washington. I know it was hard for you. I pray that you will find your son.
Aimee Jewell Shared in Indiana, but I have family and friends in WA, so, perhaps the reach goes where it needs to. Best wishes on your search.
Jessica Horton Shared in Central Oregon. You are indeed a unselfish soul! Godspeed!
Terrie Hobbs Burback Shared in Portland, Oregon. Good luck.
Tracy Himes Marconi Shared . Marysville Wa
Robbin Kamphaus Shared in Chelan, WA
Sheila Gonzalez Bonau Good luck Andrea…sorry to hear your family was so cruel. Hope you find your son. Did you have other children….I hope so. Shared Marietta Ga.
Andrea Alvord A heartfelt thankyou for all of the overwhelming love and support. I appreciate everyone!!Blessings
No on was injured, to my knowledge, in these videos. It was a freezing snow fall night right after a warm day that had melted all the snow and made the streets wet. That set up caused a very icey hill.
Published on Dec 30, 2010
Real Interesting Video.. Same Problem happens in Seattle when the hills get icy.
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Hello All, if you want to tell Governor Inslee your thoughts on methanol in Tacoma, here is his information. I called this morning. They were very polite, took my statement, and said they would review it (AND add it to the growing pile) smile emoticon
You and 10 others like this.
As well it should.
TACOMA, Wash. — A new methanol refinery could come to Tacoma in the next couple of years. A company called Northwest Innovation Works wants to build a $3.4 billion methanol refinery on a Port of Tacoma property.
ACOMA, Wash. — A new methanol refinery could come to Tacoma in the next couple of years. A company called Northwest Innovation Works wants to build a $3.4 billion methanol refinery on a Port of Tacoma property.
Tacoma residents John Carlton and Claudia Riedener oppose the proposed new facility.
“I was just stunned at first and I was like I really don’t know what this means. I really don’t know what this is supposed to do,” said Reidener.
The refinery would turn natural gas to methanol to send to China, where it will eventually be used to make plastic. Charla Skaggs, a spokesperson for the company, said the goal is help China replace use of coal and help the environment.
“We all are committed to impacting climate change to really making a positive impact on that and this is an opportunity for Tacoma to be part of that global improvement on climate change,” said Skaggs.
The company estimates the refinery will bring about 1,000 construction jobs and about 250 permanent jobs to Pierce County.
“If we look at the long picture, 200 jobs,” said Riedener. “Family wage that sounds really good, but have we calculated all of the economic risks? Will people move here when they know we have become the petrochemical kitchen?”
Riedener and Carlton plan to file an initiative with the City of Tacoma to get this issue on the November ballot.
“Our objective is to let absolutely everyone in Tacoma know that this is happening so everyone has a chance to look at the proposed methanol refinery and make a decision whether they feel like it’s right for Tacoma or not,” said Reidener.
But if it makes it on the ballot, it won’t be binding. Officials with the City of Tacoma will have the final say and the planning department hasn’t issued the permits for the project yet.
“There are a lot of people who feel very strongly that this is just a bad idea and then there are others who think this is the best thing that’s ever being proposed. I think our role is to find the facts,” said Ian Munce, who works in the City of Tacoma’s planning department.
The City of Tacoma will work with an outside company to complete environmental review and residents can weigh in on January 21 at the Convention Center in Tacoma.
According to the Sheriffs dept. once they have gained possession the Landlord has no legal rights on the property anymore, and the Sheriff will do nothing.Yet we are held accountable to still pay the taxes a mortgage, and in some instances all the electric and water bills if the squatters do not pay for them.
They stock pile vehicles and trash in which the county can hold the owner responsible and require them to pay for the clean up or fine them. The homeowner must go trough the legal costs to have them removed.In the mean time the squatters can do what ever damage they want. I am all for protecting tenants rights.
But the law needs to be more defined when it comes to squatters.Shouldn’t the home owners be given possession unless the squatters can prove they have legal rights to be in your home. This problem does no only apply to rental property, this can also happen to ones own residence. This is a flaw in Washington States Landlord Tenant Laws.
Washington State Senate
Governor Jay Inslee
State Senator Bruce Dammeier
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State Representative Hans Zeiger
State Representative Melanie Stambaugh
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Representative Denny Heck
State Senator Donald Benton
Time to Change Landlord/Tenant/Squatters Laws
Rose Nelson started this petition with a single signature, and now has 316 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.
7 hours ago
Any one who is in or out of our district is welcome to call 253-244-3374 tonight at 6:00 pm and be apart of this town meeting.So please call and let your voice be heard.Thank you again everyone.Let’s make this change…
9 hours ago
We have received a response from Senator Dammeiers office.He is trying to revive the bill and have it brought to the entire Senate.So please continue to sign my petition and pass it on .I have also received a phone call for a town…
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Rose Nelson started this petition
The laws should support the homeowner and give immediate recourse if they’re being stolen from. The loopholes in our laws are ridiculous and oddly seem to never support the hard working people doing things legally. They clearly support the criminals and give them yet another aid in their misguided cry of mistreatment and prejudice.
Michelle McClinton, Tacoma, WA
3 days ago
I think owners should be able to have squatters removed immediately. The trash and damage that they are doing is sickening. The poor neighbors are concerned with all the drug activity at the house too. The police should be able to take care of this. It is obvious they are not renters and never were. There are tens of thousands of dollars in damage being done. it will take many years to get that money back.
Shelly Shaffer, Spanaway, WA
3 days ago
It is absolutely insane that the legal homeowners have no say in the property that they legally own.
Samantha Barnard, Olympia, WA
3 days ago
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