Tuesday, March 17, 2015

POSD Planning Terminal Modernization

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of San Diego said March 12 that it has issued a notice of preparation for a draft Environmental Impact Report to study the potential effects of a proposed modernization plan for the 96-acre, eight berth terminal.

The proposed plan would create three terminals within the existing footprint, plus bring additional cargo through the terminal, particularly the types within the port’s specialties of break-bulk cargo, military and energy parts, refrigerated containers for fresh produce and clean bulk cargo used in construction.

Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal is currently home to one of only two on-dock cold storage facilities on the West Coast. The refrigerated space handles 185 million Dole bananas each month; every Dole banana sold west of the Rocky Mountains, from Mexico to Canada enters through the terminal.
The proposal includes the removal of obsolete infrastructure and facilities upgrades in order to handle more cargo in an efficient and environmentally responsible way.

“The proposed plan will optimize the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal as a vital, global gateway for imports and exports and boost San Diego’s role as a true global city of the 21st Century,” Port of San Diego Maritime Director Joel Valenzuela said in a statement.

Issuing the notice of preparation gives agencies, the public and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on possible environmental impacts of the project. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tues., April 14, 2015 and should be e-mailed to lhofreiter@portofsandiego.org. They may also be mailed to the San Diego Unified Port District, Environmental & Land Use Management Department, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101.

In addition to providing comments by mail and e-mail, the public will have the opportunity to provide input at a scoping meeting for the project’s EIR. The meeting is planned for 5:30 pm Wed., March 18 at the San Diego Unified Port District Administration Building, Training Room, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101.