Puget Sound Clean Air Agency approved the final permit Tuesday for a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in the Tacoma Tide Flats.
The permit culminates a years-long battle over the controversial plant. Puget Sound Energy, which will build the facility, has said the $300 million plant will help control greenhouse gas emissions by providing cleaner fuel alternatives, and supporters say it will bring jobs to the region. However, opponents of the project claim the climate impacts of natural gas extraction would be damaging.
PSCAA Executive Director Craig Kenworthy acknowledged in a memo the agency received concerns about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, but said the plant meets standards set by the law.
“While the Agency agrees that addressing climate change is an urgent issue, as a regulatory agency, that urgency does not allow us to ignore our obligations to follow the law in making this particular determination,” Kenworthy wrote in a memo.