Meeting set to discuss road concerns tied to proposed Woodland explosives storage plant

Butte Hill concerns tied to proposed explosives storage plant

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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NOTE: Read the previous story on the proposed explosives storage plant here.

Cowlitz County Commissioner Michael Karnofski will host a public meeting later this month to discuss road concerns associated with a proposed explosives storage plant on Butte Hill Road in Woodland.

Karnofski and representatives from the county’s Public Works Department will discuss options to upgrade the steep, winding road and how to pay for such upgrades. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 28 at the Woodland High School commons area, 757 Park Ave.

Butte Hill residents are concerned about the safety of trucks carrying ammonium nitrate on the road from a proposed Northwest Energetics-owned explosives storage plant. Residents say an accident on the hill could trigger a forest fire or contaminate Robinson Creek, where they get their water.

Audience comments are welcomed at the meeting, Karnofski said. Karnofski plans to invite Northwest Energetics General Manager Ed Coulter. No other county commissioners are expected to attend, Karnofski said.