SAN PEDRO, Calif. – July 15, 2009 – The Port of Los Angeles and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released a joint Notice of Intent/Preparation (NOI/NOP) the first step in the Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) process — for the redevelopment and expansion of the APL Container Terminal at Berths 302-306.

The proposed project involves an amendment to the existing lease between the Port of Los Angeles and APL for container operations at the 290-acre terminal on Terminal Island. The amendment would provide for the redevelopment and expansion of the existing container terminal by 56 acres, for an approximate total of 346 acres.

There will be a public scoping meeting to receive public comments on Wednesday, August 5, at 6 p.m., at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, located at 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, in San Pedro. Simultaneous Spanish translation services will be provided.

Written comments on this NOI/NOP may be submitted to the following contacts until the public comment period ends on August 24, 2009:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
Regulatory Division, Ventura Field Office
ATTN: CESPL-RG-2009-00226-SDM
2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 110
Ventura, CA 93001
Via e-mail: spencer.d.mcaneil@usace.army.mil


Dr. Ralph Appy, Director, Environmental Management Division
Port of Los Angeles
425 South Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Via e-mail: ceqacomments@portla.org

The entire NOI/NOP is available on the Port of Los Angeles website at www.portoflosangeles.org. The NOI/NOP is released for public review to solicit feedback, which helps to identify any potential environmental impacts and suggest possible alternatives for the project that can be incorporated into the more comprehensive EIS/EIR.

For more information, visit www.portoflosangeles.org, or call the Corps’ Public Affairs Office at (213) 452-3920, or the Port’s Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3675.

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