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Long Beach port releases revised environmental report on proposed grain export facility, earns honor from trade pub

The Port of Long Beach, Calif., recently released a recirculated draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for a proposed grain export facility at Pier T on Terminal Island. The port also scheduled a public hearing on June 5 to solicit feedback on the recirculated DEIR.

Total Terminals International L.L.C. proposes to build a grain export facility that would be used to transfer grain and dried distillers grains from rail cars to ocean containers.

To be built on 11.6 acres of vacant land adjacent to Total Terminals' current container shipping terminal, the facility would capitalize on existing rail facilities and a container yard to receive grain and dried distillers grains for export, port officials said in a press release. The facility would handle 750,000 to 2.8 million tons annually.

The port issued a DEIR on the proposed facility last year, but changes to the project required that a recirculated DEIR be developed and circulated, port officials said. The port also is accepting written public comments on the DEIR until June 17.

Meanwhile, Cargonews Asia has named the southern California port North America's best seaport as part of the trade publication's 2013 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards. The port attained the honor for the 16th time in the past 18 years.

The awards recognize the best ports in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America as judged by a poll of importers, exporters, and logistics and supply chain professionals.

"We deeply appreciate this recognition, which comes from members of the supply chain industry," said J. Christopher Lytle, the port's executive director, in a press release. "We will continue to work hard to improve our port from top to bottom, from terminals, channels and bridges to customer service."

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