Brian Smith (scorpio398) wrote in i_heart_tacoma,
Brian Smith

Expansion of Port of Olympia and Port of Tacoma's Property

Expansion of Port of Olympia and Port of Tacoma's Property

This came from a listserv. It mostly affects Thurston County, but Tacomans may consider getting involved because of the Port of Tacoma's involvement.


Important Public Notice to all Thurston County
Residents, Read It and Please Pass Along!

*May 14th 5:30pm*


May 14th 5:30 pm Tenino High School at the commons**

*The more people that attend the better. A summary of the issue is detailed
below, please read this...*
Proposed Logistic Center

* *

In cooperation with the Port of Olympia, The Port of Tacoma has purchased
approximately *745 acres* formerly owned by Citifor. It was the site of a
munitions plant located near Maytown between Scott Lake and Tenino. The
South Sound Logistics Center ( *SSLC*) would encompass 300 acres for
warehousing. Remaining acres would include a distribution site for trucks
and trains to sort and transport cargo, with other industries and
manufacturing. An 18 month feasibility study began in July of 2006, but
plans for the center are well underway.

*Possible Impact:*

· *Noise Air and Light Pollution *- The 745 acre facility would be the
size of a small city, and would *24 *hours per day*, 7*days per week*
, *creating
non-stop noise, light and air pollution in our neighborhoods.

· *Decreasing Re-sale Value of Property and Surrounding Areas *-
Properties bordering or nearby would

be less desirable and re-sale values in our neighborhoods would very
likely decline.

· *Homeland Security *- America's *ports* are identified as the most
vulnerable *"soft* *targets*" for another *terrorist attack*. We will assume
the risk of *un-inspected, undisclosed freight *from numerous foreign
countries, transported, sorted or stored near our homes and in sensitive
water and habitat areas.

· *Hazardous Substances *- The Port of Tacoma is a superfund clean-up
site because of its affiliated industries at the Port. This provides an
example of businesses that might re-locate or open at the SSLC site. Federal
law # 49U.S.C.5112 strictly regulates truck transport of the 9 hazardous
material categories. Because no comparable regulations exist for railroad
transport, anything could end up at the SSLC.

· *Jobs -* Since huge warehousing sites yield *low job* *potential*,
Tumwater has crafted zoning code restrictions to limit proposed warehouse
projects there. Also, it's likely the Port of Tacoma will relocate or hire
workers from their job-pool first. Will profits from overseas commodities
benefit our local economy?

· *Hunting Decrease in Game - *With increased noise and light, game will
disappear in the region.

· *Environmental Degradation *- The site contains native outwash prairie,
rare oak woodlands and wetlands which support at least six endangered
species. Fish and Wildlife attempted to purchase the entire property.

· *Well & Water Effects – *County data describes this site as a
"sensitive surface and groundwater area."

· *Traffic Congestion - *This is a* TRUCK and RAIL transfer
station.*Surveys done in 2002 for a similar facility to be located on
this site,
*show 4,166 vehicles per day *which don't reflect current 2007 levels *. *
The* *SSLC will create *heavy truck traffic in Maytown*, on Tilley Rd. and
surrounding areas. This facility is* *not to be located more than ½ mile
from Interstates per current zoning ordinances; the proposed site is
2.5miles. **

· *Gravel Mining -* The Port of Tacoma is currently pursuing a gravel
mining permit for the site.

*What you can do:*

· *Join us - *We are the *Friends of Rocky Prairie*, a neighborhood group
of homeowners and concerned residents. Call *360.264.7286 or 264.5521
*to* *join
our email list * *

We* *will* *keep you updated and alert you to any community meetings
or events about the SSLC.

· * Visit our website at *

* *

Friends of Rocky Prairie
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