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September 12, 2018

EIS planned for Newport smelter

NEWPORT, Pend Oreille County — The Washington Department of Ecology will conduct an environmental review for a proposed silicon smelter in Pend Oreille County.

Canada-based PacWest Silicon plans to build a $325 million smelter on more than 180 acres at the Washington-Idaho border to produce up to 73,000 tons of silicon metal each year. The process combines quartz rock, wood chips, coal and charcoal with extremely high temperatures to produce the metal.

Ecology is seeking input from the public through Oct. 11 on what to include in the environmental impact statement.

More information about the project, including how to comment, is available on the Ecology website at http://bit.ly/2p1d6A5.