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CRC currently gets some of its calcium carbonate from a quarry in northern Washington state. It also receives the material from a quarry in Prince of Wales Island, with barges making deliveries to Portland for off-loading before the rock is trucked to Woodland. Sherar said the Washington quarry is nearing the end of its life so total reliance will be put on the Alaska source, which he estimates has a life of 200 years.

The company can reduce its transportation costs significantly by off-loading near Woodland, then trucking the material to the plant two and a half miles away, Sherar said. He added that will reduce CRC’s carbon footprint because trucks won’t be driving to and from Portland.

“The City of Woodland is concerned about the potential loss of jobs should this project fail to gain approval,” Laseke wrote in a letter to Ron Melin, Cowlitz County senior environmental planner. “Transportation costs have risen for CRC over the past few years to the point where their profitability is at stake over the next decade. We believe this project is a win-win for South Cowlitz County and the Woodland Community.”

However, not everyone is happy about the proposal. Shirley Temming, owner of Columbia Riverfront RV Park, believes noise from the unloading site next to the park would ruin her business. She says the biggest problem won’t come from unloading barges. Instead, because the tons of rock will be stockpiled on land CRC is contracting to buy, there will be continual noise from trucks hauling it to the plant, she said.

“They never ever have,” Peterson said. “They haven’t been very good neighbors. I talked to Mr. Bleeck real nice, tried to anyway. It didn’t do any good. It seems like he would have come to the port because we have plenty of land and it’s zoned industrial. I think we could have made it work.”

CRC is contracting to buy land for the project from a private party – Michael J. Landels. The sale price is $500,000 with CRC making a down payment of $94,543,07, according to a Chicago Title Insurance Co. real estate contract filed with Cowlitz County.

Those include the loss of a popular public beach, loss of shoreline fisheries habitat, loss of a prime public fishing area and recreational enjoyment on the Columbia River, “piece-meal development” of the river’s shoreline, and encroachment on the river’s active navigational channel, according to the document. It also alleges there would be noise and dust contamination.

The document refers to “noise in the form of mechanized equipment, diesel engines, bucket cranes, bulldozers and 80,000-pound gravel trucks. The nature of the gravel product proposed to be off-loaded from barges, stored, processed and reloaded on to gravel trucks is prone to dust. This is evidenced by the white, chalk like power that surrounds the CRC facility on Pekin Rd.”

The document adds that the terminal location would be the only industrial site within the Woodland Bottoms shoreline, “an area that for all of history has been agricultural and residential land use. The projected project would seriously impact some fifty (50) full-time residences located on the adjacent property to the north.” The latter is a reference to permanent residents in the RV park.