The natural gas step-down valve is required for Columbia Pulp's plant to operate, but would also allow for future development in the industrial-zoned area near Lyons Ferry Marina off Highway 261.
"Everybody's in favor of it as far as I know. It's really a good thing for Columbia County," said county Commissioner Mike Talbott. Commissioners and Port of Columbia staff cited the economic benefits the pulp plant will bring the community. Once operational, the plant's payroll is estimated at $10.2 million annually for 135 jobs.
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