Port of LA Seeks Feedback on Berth Improvement Project

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The Port of Los Angeles is asking the public to weigh in on a wharf improvement project at the Vopak-operated liquid bulk terminal located at berths 187-191 in Wilmington, California.

The port recently released a Notice of Preparation/Initial Study of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project, which calls for improving liquid bulk terminal wharves at Berths 187-190 to be in compliance with Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards, as well as repairing and making structural upgrades to the Berth 191 wharf to resume maritime cement operations, according to the port.

The project also involves possibly issuing a new 30-year entitlement to chemical storage and handling company Vopak to continue operating its two primary locations and associated pipelines at Berths 187-190 and the Berth 191 cement import terminal, the port said.

The port needs the public’s help in identifying any possible environmental effects and alternatives that can be added to the draft EIR. The public can check out the NOP/IS at portoflosangeles.org/ceqa.

The deadline to submit comments is Aug. 22. Written feedback may be sent to ceqacomments@portla.org with Project title “Berths 187-191 [Vopak] Liquid Bulk Terminal Wharf Improvements and Cement Terminal Project” in the email subject line and the commenter’s physical mailing address in the email. Stakeholders may also sent comments to Christopher Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Los Angeles Harbor Department, 425 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731.

By Karen Robes Meeks