EIR Scoping Meeting on Port Expansion

The City of Richmond will conduct a public scoping meeting on March 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council chambers located at 1401 Marina Way South, Richmond, CA.

All members of the public and representatives from public agencies are invited to attend this meeting to provide your views on the issues that should be addressed in the Honda Port of Entry EIR.

This project will benefit Richmond by increasing income form the Port of Richmond. It may also increase rail traffic through Point Richmond, which could result in more and longer grade crossing blockages, noise and diesel emissions. The purpose of the EIR will be to identify these impacts and propose mitigations.

Full information about the project and the EIR process follows, copied from the Citys website:

Auto Warehousing Company (AWC), in cooperation with the TransDevelopment Group, is proposing to construct improvements to the existing Point Potrero Marine Terminal (PPMT) that would include creating a new rail yard adjacent to the ship berths at the PPMT so that imported autos could be loaded directly onto rail cars without the current intermediary step of shuttling them to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail yard. Minor improvements to one of the existing ship berths would also be made, consisting of repairs to the concrete deck pavement, installation of new bull rail at the edge of the berth, and installation of new rubber dock fenders on the side of the berth.

Project Plans

Environmental Impact Report

The City of Richmond will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Honda Port of Entry project, and is requesting input regarding the scope and content of the environmental information to be presented in the EIR.

Notice of Preparation

Please mail or email your written response to this Notice of Preparation no later than 30 days after the date on this notice to:

Kieron Slaughter, Assistant Planner City of Richmond Planning Department 1401 Marina Way South Richmond, CA 94804 Phone: (510) 620-6887 Kieron_Slaughter@ci.richmond.ca.us

Additional details about the proposed project, including a location map and site plan, are presented in the Initial Study below. Initial Study and Environmental Checklist Scoping Meeting The City of Richmond will conduct a public scoping meeting on March 5, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council chambers located at 1401 Marina Way South, Richmond, CA. All members of the public and representatives from public agencies are invited to attend this meeting to provide your views on the issues that should be addressed in the Honda Port of Entry EIR.

Public Review Period February 12, 2008 to March 13, 2008