Tuesday, April 25, 2017

POLA Releases Everport Terminal Environmental Report

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles and US Army Corps of Engineers have released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) for a proposed upgrade of the container terminal located at Berths 226-236 on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles that is operated by Everport Terminal Services.

Everport, affiliated with Taiwan-based Evergreen Line, has a long-term lease with the Port of LA for operation of the terminal through 2028, which would be extended 10 years under the project. Everport has said the proposed project would improve the container-handling efficiency and capacity of the existing terminal to accommodate the projected fleet mix of larger container vessels that are anticipated to call at the Everport Container Terminal through 2038.

The Draft EIS/EIR, which was released to the public April 20, includes a discussion of the proposed project’s environmental impacts and identifies mitigation measures to reduce these impacts as required under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The 45-day public comment and review period for the Draft EIS/EIR ends June 5. During that time the port will hold a public meeting at 6 pm, Wednesday, May 10, at Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, located at 425 S. Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro, to present its findings and provide opportunity for public comment.

Comments on the Draft EIS/EIR must be submitted in writing by the end of the 45-day public review period and must be postmarked by June 5. Comments should be directed to:

Port of Los Angeles
Chris Cannon
Director of Environmental Management
P.O. Box 151
San Pedro, CA 90733-0151

US Army Corps of Engineers
Los Angeles District, Regulatory Division
Ventura Field Office
ATTN: Theresa Stevens, Ph.D.
2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 110
Ventura, CA 93001

Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line and body of the email in letter format. Questions about the project should be directed to the Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3675.

A copy of the document is available for public review on the Port of Los Angeles website at https://www.portoflosangeles.org/EIR/Everport/DEIR/deir_everport.asp