Tacoma reschedules meeting on proposed methanol plant

The city of Tacoma, anticipating another large crowd wanting to comment on a contentious proposal to build a methanol plant on the Tideflats, has rescheduled Tuesday’s meeting and moved it to a larger venue.

Originally booked for a 200-seat space at Meeker Middle School, the meeting now will be Feb. 24 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

It’s the third of three sessions the city has had to collect public comment on what potential effects it should study in reviewing Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma.

The last methanol-plant meeting at the convention center drew 1,000 people.

The plant, which would use natural gas to manufacture methanol needed for Chinese plants that make olefins, would be the largest methanol refinery in the world.

Speakers can begin signing up at 5 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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