Port of Los Angeles Releases Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) Rail Project

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. — September 27, 2012 — The Port of Los Angeles has prepared a Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) Project that involves the construction and operation of a railyard on outer Port property. The proposed project site is located in an industrial area between Sepulveda Boulevard to the north, Pacific Coast Highway to the south, SR-47 to the east and the Dominquez Channel to the west.

“I support this project because it will bring more than $500 million in private investments to the City of Los Angeles and tens of thousands of new, local and regional jobs, all while improving air quality and reducing health risks to our communities,” Councilman Buscaino said.

” SCIG is designed to be the greenest intermodal facility in the United States, allowing containers to be loaded onto rail just four miles from the docks, rather than traveling 24 miles on local roads and the 710 freeway to downtown rail facilities. This will go a long way towards reducing traffic congestion throughout the Southern California region and keeping the Port of Los Angeles – the nation’s number one trade gateway – both competitive and sustainable.”

The Recirculated Draft EIR is a partial recirculation of the original Draft EIR released in September 2011. Significant new information added and changes include a 2010 baseline analysis, 50-year operations period for SCIG, use of the 2009 San Pedro Bay Ports cargo demand forecast, and updated air quality models and traffic, noise, and census data. An overview of the changes can be found here.

The 45-day public comment/review period is from September 27 to November 9, 2012. Comments are limited to the Recirculated Draft EIR chapters only. A public hearing to receive comments on the document will be held on October 18, from 6-8 p.m., at Banning’s Landing Community Center at 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. A copy of the document is available for review on the Port of Los Angeles website and at each of the following locations:

Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division
222 W. 6th Street, Suite 1080, San Pedro, CA 90731

Los Angeles City Library, San Pedro Branch
931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Los Angeles City Library, Wilmington Branch
1300 N. Avalon, Wilmington, CA 90744

Carson Library
23317 Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90745

Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch
630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Long Beach Main Library
101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90822

Bret Harte Neighborhood Library
1595 Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90810

Comments on the Recirculated Draft EIR should be submitted in writing prior to the end of the 45-day public review period and must be postmarked by November 9, 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 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 the Recirculated Draft EIR or 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.