PORT OF LOS ANGELES AND U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS RELEASE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/REPORT FOR APL CONTAINER TERMINAL EXPANSION


 

PORT OF LOS ANGELES AND U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS RELEASE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/REPORT FOR APL CONTAINER TERMINAL EXPANSION

60-day Public Comment Period Ends on February 17

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — December 16, 2011 — The Port of Los Angeles and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) for the Berths 302-306 APL Container Terminal Project that involves the improvement and expansion of the existing 291-acre terminal by 56 acres. APL operates the second largest container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles.

The proposed project calls for the development of 1250 feet of new wharf and 41 acres of backland with planned state-of-the-art infrastructure, including 12 new cranes and Alternative Maritime Power™ (AMP™) facilities. The existing 41-acre adjacent fill was constructed from dredged harbor materials as part of the Main Channel Deepening project.

The Draft EIS/EIR assesses the proposed improvements to the terminal and projected container throughput under the current lease term with APL that expires in 2027. The environmental document includes a discussion of the proposed project’s environmental impacts and identifies mitigation measures to reduce these impacts as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Six project alternatives are also presented as part of the study.

The public comment and review period is from December 16, 2011 to February 17, 2012. During this time, the Port will accept written comments and will host a public meeting on January 19, 6 p.m., at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building to present its findings and provide opportunity for public comment. A copy of the document is available for public review at the following locations:

Port of Los Angeles website at this link.

Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro

L.A. Public Library, San Pedro Branch, 921 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro

L.A. Public Library, Wilmington Branch, 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington

L.A. Public Library, Central Branch, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles

Comments on the Draft EIS/EIR should be submitted in writing prior to the end of the
60-day public review period and must be postmarked by February 17, 2012. Please submit written comments to: 

Christopher Cannon
Director of Environmental Management
Port of Los Angeles
425 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Written comments may also be sent via email to [email protected].  Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line, attached to the email in letter format, and include a valid mailing address in the email.  Questions regarding this notice or the project should be directed to the Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3675. 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.