Whatcom County Council prohibits building of new refineries, shipping facilities in Cherry Point

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Whatcom County Council unanimously passed permanent land-use policies in its July 27 meeting that prohibit the construction of new fossil fuel refineries, coal plants and shipping facilities in the Cherry Point industrial zone.

The adopted amendments to the county Comprehensive Plan will also subject upgrade projects for existing refineries and terminals to a more rigorous environmental review and permitting processes.

Ferndale’s Cherry Point is home to two of Washington’s five oil refineries.

The approved amendments to the Comprehensive Plan have been in and out of council for nearly two years and subject to multiple revisions before their adoption Tuesday.

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