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Puget Sound Energy - LNG Facility Tacoma

Puget Sound Energy submitted an application for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in the Tacoma Tide Flats. The site would include a new Total Ocean Trailer Express Marine Vessel LNG fueling system used to distribute to ships. The application also includes details on associated improvements to the existing PSE Natural Gas Distribution System that delivers natural gas from the Williams Natural Gas Pipeline to the LNG facility.

On January 24, 2018, the Agency announced its determination a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was required to identify and analyze greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and impacts for the Tacoma LNG facility. This Draft SEIS (DSEIS) is supplementing the Air and Cumulative Impact sections related to GHGs in the City of Tacoma’s FEIS. The FEIS’ GHG analysis included a quantitative analysis of GHGs on the project site and some qualitative analysis on the use of LNG produced. It stated that there was a reduction in GHG emissions associated with the project, yet did not show a complete quantitative analysis of GHG emissions upstream and downstream of the LNG facility operations. The DSEIS includes a complete quantitative analysis of the GHG emissions throughout the fuel life cycle (a life cycle analysis). This analysis was completed for the proposed facility operations (both current proposed facility and the maximum capacity facility identified in the FEIS) and compared to the no-build or no-action alternative. This comparison was completed to evaluate the FEIS statement regarding GHG emission reductions from the proposed project.  It also provided information to understand important assumptions about the project that affect this analysis. The DSEIS does discuss the source of the natural gas that would supply the proposed facility operations as an important factor for this analysis. The information in the Draft SEIS indicates that a GHG emission reduction from the proposed project (on a life cycle basis) can be predicted in comparison to the no-build option, providing the source of the natural gas is consistent with that identified by the proponent.

For more information and to the view the DSEIS documents, visit the SEIS tab below. 

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  1. Permit Process
  2. Permit Application
  3. Community Input
  4. SEIS

Permit Process Flow Chart

Permit Process Flow Chart - SIES

SEPA Review

The City of Tacoma conducted the SEPA review for PSE LNG and issued an environmental impact statement on November 9, 2015.

View the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) - Tacoma LNG.

Supplemental EIS

The SEIS will supplement the Air and Cumulative Impacts sections of the City of Tacoma’s FEIS, specifically related to GHGs, to include quantitative analysis of the emissions throughout the fuel life cycle.  

There will be no optional scoping for the SEIS. The consultant under contract for preparation of the SEIS is Ecology and Environment, Inc., with assistance from Life Cycle Associates. Public comment opportunities will be provided for the draft SEIS when it has been prepared. This SEIS review process is not a permit decision on the NOC application. Processing the NOC application will be on hold while we complete the SEIS.

Updates on the SEIS process can be viewed on the SEIS tab of this web page.

Receive Permit Application

PSE submitted their initial Notice of Construction (NOC) application on May 22, 2017.

Review for Completeness

The application was reviewed for completeness within 30 days of receipt to ensure all necessary information was submitted. The original application was found to be incomplete, and a series of emails was sent back and forth between PSE and the Agency to gather all the required information the Agency needed to deem the application complete. See the Permit Application tab for more details. 

The Agency deemed the PSE LNG application technically complete on October 3, 2017.

Public Information Meeting

Public information meetings enable the public to learn about the application and ask questions about the permit review process or the application. The Agency answers questions during a public information meeting. No decision to approve or deny an application is made at a public information meeting.

Public information meetings were held on November 27 and December 1, 2017.

Preliminary Determination to Issue or Deny

This part of the process includes a preliminary Best Available Control Technology (BACT) review, a toxic emission assessment, ensuring a SEPA review was conducted and all modeling required for toxic air contaminants. A preliminary determination to issue means the source will likely meet all regulatory requirements.

Public Comment Period

The Agency will post a copy of the draft analysis and permit for public review. This is the public's opportunity to comment on the permit. The Agency will review and consider all comments after the end of the public comment period. The final analysis will include the Agency's responses to all comments and any changes to the permit. The Agency is unable to discuss the project or respond to comments during the public comment period.

The public comment period has not yet started. 

Public Hearing 

During a public hearing the public is able to voice concerns or comments they feel the Agency should take into consideration before issuing or denying a permit. The notice for this hearing will be sent out with the location and date for interested individuals to attend at least 30 days before such hearing. 

A public hearing for an air permit is different than a public information meeting and different than a courtroom hearing. At the hearing, there will be no judge and no presentations given by the Agency. The purpose of a public hearing is solely to allow people to make comments for the Agency to consider before taking final action on the permit. All comments become part of the public record for the permit. Agency staff is not allowed to answer questions during a public hearing. If any questions are asked they will be taken as comments, but not addressed by the Agency during the hearing. 

Consider and Respond to Comments

After the hearing, the Agency will review and consider all comments received during the public comment period and at the public hearing. The final analysis, including the Agency's response to all comments, will be sent to anyone that signed in at the public hearing and to anyone that submitted written comments.

Issue or Deny Permit

After all steps are completed, the Agency will either issue or deny the permit.