The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commission announced Thursday that it will consider certifying an environmental report related to one of its major shipping partners in October.
The report states that since 2008, China Shipping has not performed certain mitigation requirements related to air quality and transportation activities. The report sets new goals and standards to reduce emissions from the shipping partner’s operations.
“When I became executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, staff brought to my attention the languishing compliance with the 2008 China Shipping expansion Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and associated mitigation measures,” Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said. “With a focus on remaining solutions-oriented, I also immediately directed staff to begin a supplemental environmental impact report to bring about legal compliance and to ensure that we fulfill our obligations … under the California Environmental Quality Act.”
The commission released the final report for the Berths 97-109 Container Terminal Project, where China Shipping operates.
People can comment on the report, and the commission will consider certifying it at a special meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Port of Los Angeles administration building, 425 S. Palos Verdes St. in San Pedro.
The final report includes responses to comments on initial draft reports as well as changes that have been made to the document.
“After several years of required reassessment of the feasibility and necessity for each of the measures that were not implemented, including responses to many important comments from the public, we are now ready to present a (final report) to our Board of Harbor Commissioners for consideration,” Seroka said.
An overview of the report was presented at Thursday’s Harbor Commission meeting.
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