Friday, October 4, 2019

Los Angeles to Move Forward on China Shipping Terminal

By Karen Robes Meeks

On Oct. 8, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission is expected to certify the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the Berths 97–109 (China Shipping) Container Terminal Project.

This final SEIR has been years in the making. In a letter to stakeholders, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka spoke about finding out about “the languishing compliance with the 2008 China Shipping expansion Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and associated mitigation measures” when he first arrived at the port in 2014.

“With a focus on remaining solutions-oriented, I also immediately directed staff to begin a supplemental environmental impact report (SEIR) to bring about legal compliance and to ensure that we fulfill our obligations for the Berth 97–109 Container Terminal under the California Environmental Quality Act,” he wrote.

“After several years of required reassessment of the feasibility and necessity for each of the measures that were not implemented, including responses to many important comments from the public, we are now ready to present a Final SEIR to our Board of Harbor Commissioners for consideration.”

The special meeting will take place at 9 a.m. at the port’s administration building, 425 S. Palos Verdes St. in San Pedro, Calif.

For a copy of the Final SEIR, visit