Middle Harbor Comment Period to Close Shortly
August 8 final, extended deadline for input on environmental report
August 1, 2008
The deadline to comment on the Port of Long Beach's proposed Middle Harbor redevelopment project is rapidly approaching.
The Port will accept written comments on the draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement, which analyzes the Middle Harbor project, up until 4 p.m. Friday, August 8. The deadline was extended by the Board of Harbor commissioners in July to add an additional 30 days for the public to review the document and offer input.
The Middle Harbor plan proposes to reconfigure two older container shipping terminals into one facility that would operate in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner. In addition to creating 14,000 new, permanent jobs, the project would generate 1,000 construction jobs a year during the 10 years of construction.
Updating the older terminals would enable the Port to fully implement the aggressive environmental measures in its Green Port Policy and Clean Air Action Plan, significantly cutting air pollution even as containerized trade increases. The project would reduce pollution from current levels by about 50 percent by incorporating a wide range of environmental technologies such as shore-side electricity for ships at berth to cut diesel emissions and with the addition of on-dock rail to reduce truck trips.
"At the close of the public comment period, we will be thoroughly reviewing all comments and addressing them in the final environmental document that we present to the Board of Harbor Commissioners," said Rick Cameron, the Port's Director of Environmental Planning.
The Middle Harbor draft EIR/EIS, Fact Sheet, PowerPoint and video of the first public hearing are available at the Port's web site, www.polb.com. The report is a joint document produced by the Port and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Port conducted two public hearings, June 11 and June 18, to receive verbal comment from the public.
Written comments should be sent to 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach CA 90802, attn: Richard D. Cameron, Director of Environmental Planning, or by e-mail at email@example.com.