• Company drops plan for $2.3B methanol plant in Washington

    1 day ago - By Chron

    SEATTLE - A company backed by the Chinese government on Friday ended its seven-year effort to build one of the world's largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, following a series of regulatory setbacks and a long debate over its environmental footprint.
    Northwest Innovation Works proposed a $2.3 billion project to take fracked natural gas from Canada and convert it into methanol, which it would then ship to China to make ingredients for plastics used in everything from iPhones to clothing to medical devices.
    The state Department of Ecology denied a key...
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