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Thursday, September 27, 2012

EIR out today for massive railyard project

By Karen Robes Meeks, Staff Writer
Updated:   09/27/2012 10:48:33 AM PDT
 Port of Los Angeles officials today released an updated environmental study of a $500 million railyard project near the Terminal Island (103) Freeway, a project that has seen opposition from community and school groups from Long Beach and Wilmington.
The newest version of the draft report on the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) Project - a 153-acre rail proposal by Burlington Northern Santa Fe on the border of West Long Beach south of Sepulveda Boulevard, north of Pacific Coast Highway and east of Alameda Street - includes the following:

A new baseline year for CEQA (the new draft will measure by 2010 standards, not 2005);

A new period of operations for the railyard (Originally a 30-year term from 2016 to 2046, the report now shows SCIG operating for 50 years from 2016 to 2066);

Newer numbers forecasting cargo demand (The demand SCIG is expected to handle will now be based on a 2009 San Pedro Bay Ports cargo demand forecast, not 2007);

Newer data and air quality models (The new draft features 2010 data and updated air quality models, including 2010 census data, emission factors as well as "new traffic counts at study intersections, new noise measurements at selected noise sensitive receiver locations, and updated on-site operational activity within the proposed Project boundary"); and

A health risk assessment that now includes not only an existing baseline but a future or floating baseline analysis as well, accounting  for "changes in air emissions over time that would improve air quality due to adopted rules and regulations."


Proposed in 2005, the facility is designed to accommodate growing container traffic at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

However, several local and environmental groups have spoken out against the project, saying that the facility will generate more traffic, noise and pollution so close to schools and neighborhoods.

BNSF officials, however, contend that the project will use green technology at the facility and help remove more than a million trucks that have to travel the Long Beach (710) Freeway.

Meanwhile, the public has 45 days to comment on this newest report.