The Port of Long Beach is recirculating a draft environmental impact statement for a proposed grain export facility at Pier T on Terminal Island.
The public is being encouraged to comment on the EIR in writing or at a public hearing scheduled for June 5.
The grain transload facility proposed by Total Terminals International would receive railcars with 53-foot domestic containers full of grain and dried distillers grain with solubles, a byproduct of ethanol production, and transfer the contents to standard 40-foot international containers for export. The 11-acre facility would be adjacent to TTI's current container shipping terminal and is estimated to have a capacity of 750,000 to 2.8 million tons per year. It is expected to serve at least four giant unit trains per week.
An environmental impact statement was issued by the port last year, but changes to the proposed project required that a new EIR
be developed and made available.
Read more about the growing interest in export transloading in the March American Shipper
feature, "Reverse Transloads
The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Long Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach.
Written comments can be mailed to Richard Cameron, director of environmental planning, Port of Long Beach, 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, Calif. 90802 or sent by e-mail to Cameron@polb.com.
Comments will be accepted through June 17. - Eric Kulisch