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Hearing on Long Beach grain terminal study

Long Beach scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday 11 January to receive comments on a draft environmental impact report (EIR) examining a proposed grain export facility at Pier T on Terminal Island.
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Total Terminals International (TTI), the Hanjin Shipping/Macquarie Bank company that operates at the Pier T container terminal on the Port of Long Beach’s part of Terminal Island, plans to install a grain transloading facility on a vacant 10-acre parcel adjacent to Pier T on the Navy Mole. This is a 2 mile-long, 500ft wide peninsula that wraps around the West Basin.

TTI wants to transfer mid-West grain and dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), a high quality cattle feed into containers that would otherwise be shipped empty back to China. The grain would be shipped to the port in grain hopper cars and transloaded to containers. Road access is via the same road that TTI employees use to drive to work.

Class 1 rail lines already follow the southern edge of the site and connect to other Class 1 rail lines including the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP) networks.

However, UP has its own rail car-to-container project for mid-West grain, in conjunction with UP Distribution Services, in Yermo, CA, about 200 miles north east of the San Pedro Bay ports. From Yermo, the loaded containers would be shipped on UP stack trains to Los Angeles and Long Beach.

TTI wants to export at least 750,000 tpa of grain and DDGS (and possibly as much as 1.5 mtpa). It needs to ensure that operational emissions from the grain and DDGS transloading and export are below South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) significance thresholds.

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