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David Rosen
The Polar Pioneer, moored at Terminal 5 in West Seattle, has been denied a waste water disposal permit from the 410 foot tall rig. Waste water must be trucked away since it cannot be pumped into a nearby manhole.

King County denies waste disposal permit for Shell facility at Terminal 5

information from King County

King County’s Industrial Waste Program today denied a permit application for discharge of wastewater from the Alaska Venture Shell Facility at Terminal 5 into the County’s regional sewer system.

“Everyone has to follow the rules, even multinational corporations,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Over the long term, we need to invigorate the promise of a clean-energy future and make King County the regional catalyst for carbon reduction, renewable energy, and a new innovation economy.”

The Industrial Waste Program denied the wastewater discharge permit on two grounds: lack of ability to demonstrate compliance with pre-treatment standards that protect King County’s regional wastewater system and Puget Sound, and failure to apply in the name of the company that is actually generating the discharge.

While the application was filed by Waste Management National Services, Inc. of Kirkland, officials say the discharge is being generated by the Alaska Venture Shell Facility at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5.

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