On September 22, 2008, the Port of Los Angeles and the Army Corps of Engineers prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement.  The DEIS covered a proposed Specific Development project and associated infrastructure improvements on approximately 400 acres in connection with the San Pedro Waterfront Project.  The proposed Project involves development of a variety of land uses within the proposed project area, including public waterfront and open space areas, commercial development, transportation and parking facilities, and expansion of cruise ship facilities and operations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on December 15, 2008, however, issued a letter expressing environmental concerns about the significant and unavoidable impacts to air quality and environmental justice communities, and planned ocean disposal of sediments.  EPA recommended commitments to conduct an already planned port-wide health risk assessment, coordination with the environmental justice community to identify additional measures to offset health impacts, implementation of a port-wide health impacts assessment to inform mitigation, and identification of beneficial reuse opportunities for sediment.  The EPA gave the DEIS a rating of “EC2,” which means that it has insufficient information to address its environmental concerns about the project.

Information about the DEIS can be found here:

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