30-Day Public Comment Period Ends on September 29, Public Meeting Scheduled for September 13

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — August 30, 2011 — The Port of Los Angeles has prepared an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation (IS/NOP) to address the environmental effects of the USS Iowa proposed project. The proposed project site is located at Berth 87, within the San Pedro Waterfront Plan area, which encompasses approximately 400 acres along the western boundary of Port of Los Angeles property, adjacent to the community of San Pedro.

The USS Iowa project involves the relocation of the USS Iowa battleship from its current location with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif., to Berth 87, at the Port of Los Angeles. The battleship would be moored year-round at Berth 87 with sufficient public parking for visitors. Portions of the Iowa would be available to the public for guided tours, special events, and educational programs. Pending future funding, a second phase of the project may include an approximately 33,800-square foot, two-story landside Visitor Center that will include a museum and education center featuring historic artifacts, educational programs, and food concession areas; ticketing, gift shop, and restroom facilities.   

USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the 29th state. USS Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships, and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.  The IS/NOP includes a discussion of the proposed project’s potential effects on the existing environment, and identification of analysis to be expanded in the forthcoming Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to reduce potential impacts as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

 The 30-day public comment/review period is from August 29 to September 29, 2011. A public meeting to receive comments will be held on Tuesday, September 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building. A copy of the document is also available for public review at the following locations: 

  • Port of Los Angeles website at this link.
  • Port of Los Angeles Administration Building at 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Los Angeles City Library, San Pedro Branch at 931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Los Angeles City Library, Wilmington Branch at 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington, CA 90744

Comments on the IS/NOP should be submitted in writing prior to the end of the 30-day public review period and must be postmarked by September 29, 2011. Please submit written comments to:   Christopher CannonDirector of Environmental ManagementPort of Los Angeles 425 S. Palos Verdes StreetSan Pedro, CA 90731 Written comments may also be sent via email to ceqacomments@portla.org.  Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line and a valid mailing address in the email.  Questions regarding this notice or the project should be directed to Kevin Grant, CEQA Project Manager at (310) 732-7693. For more information, visit www.portoflosangeles.org. 

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port supports more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.