Description: Appeal of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners’ ordinance that would allegedly expand coal exports from Port of Long Beach.
Appeal of Long Beach Agreement with Metropolitan Stevedore and Oxbow Energy Solutions
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/19/2014 Letter Download Harbor Department staff recommendation submitted to Long Beach City Council. 08/19/2014 Not Available Download Appeal denied. The Long Beach City Council unanimously denied the appeal. The City Council agreed with the recommendation of Harbor Department staff that CEQA review was not required because the actions were categorically exempt from CEQA under exemptions for the use and repair of existing facilities and because a negative declaration had been issued for the coal shed facility in 1992 and no changes to the coal shed had been proposed. The City Council was not persuaded by the argument that information regarding the adverse impacts of greenhouse gases required a new review. 06/23/2014 Letter Download Letter filed appealing Board of Harbor Commissioners decision. Communities for a Better Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club (represented by Earthjustice) filed an appeal with the City of Long Beach challenging the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners decision not to undertake a CEQA review in its consideration of a new operating agreement and lease, which the environmental groups contended would expand the export of coal from the port. Among the arguments advanced by the environmental groups was that a 1992 negative declaration was not sufficient to cover the approvals, in part because greenhouse gas emissions were not evaluated at that time. The groups also argued that the impacts of the export of coal on climate change must be considered, including emissions from transporting coal and burning it overseas.