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Port of San Diego certifies Environmental Impact Report

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The Board of Port Commissioners has certified a Final Environmental Impact Report for the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Plan. The plan provides a long-term road map for the terminal, outlining key cargo business markets. Certification allows construction on phase 1 of the Plan to begin in 2017. This plan is anticipated to increase the terminal’s cargo capacity, create jobs and implement clean technology to reduce pollution.

San Diego’s cargo operations are critical to the region’s economy and national security. The plan positions the Port of San Diego to capture more cargo business, creating local jobs and regional benefit. Through smart use of technology, the project will actually enable the terminal to emit less pollution at buildout than it does today.

“The modernisation of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal will facilitate local job growth in a sustainable way and in partnership with our neighboring community,” said Chairman Marshall Merrifield of the Board of Port Commissioners. “The Port’s trade infrastructure is a regional asset. We are honored to receive a US$10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a recent visit from Vice President Joe Biden in support of this landmark project.”

“This infrastructure project is an important opportunity for the Port of San Diego to make its industrial operations cleaner and greener, and create good jobs. I am proud of what we have accomplished with the involvement of the community, including the Barrio Logan Community Planning Group,” said Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos. “By working with our neighbors, we were able to make the plan better for everyone.”

The plan is phased through 2035.

Construction on Phase 1 is anticipated to begin by summer 2017 and is anticipated to take 33 months.

The Port of San Diego is committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders and nearby communities and being a good neighbor. The Board adopted the Final EIR’s alternative for reduced capacity: 4.6 million metric t, versus the original proposal of 6.1 metric t, in order to mitigate significant air quality and health risk impacts, which are a concern given the project’s proximity to Barrio Logan and other sources of off-site pollutants, such as Interstate 5 and other large traffic generators in the vicinity.

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