Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Public Hearing on Grain Export Facility Set

The Port of Long Beach is conducting a public hearing June 5 at City Hall regarding a proposed grain export facility at Pier T on Terminal Island.

The port has released a recirculated draft Environmental Impact Report examining the proposed Total Terminals International grain export facility at Pier T; the public hearing will be to gather comments on the recirculated draft EIR.

TTI’s proposal is for a grain export facility that would enable the transfer of grain and a grain product known as dried distillers grains with solubles from railcars to ocean shipping containers. Both products would be used for cattle feed only, according to the port.

The facility could capitalize on the existing rail facilities and container yard to receive grain and dried distillers grains for export, with a capacity range of 750,000 to 2.8 million tons per year. It would be built on 11.6 vacant acres adjacent to the current TTI container shipping terminal.

A draft EIR was issued last year, but changes to the proposal required that a recirculated draft EIR be developed and circulated. The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wed., June 5, 2013, at Long Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802. Parking is available in a structure off Broadway between Chestnut and Cedar avenues.

The recirculated draft EIR is available at http://www.polb.com/ceqa.

Written comments can be sent to Richard D. Cameron, Director of Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802 or e-mailed to Cameron@polb.com.