DFSP San Pedro EA

Background

Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) San Pedro is comprised of two Special Areas: (1) the San Pedro Fuel Depot (the Main Terminal) and (2) the Long Beach Fuel Complex (the Marine Terminal including Pier 12), both assigned to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Operation of DFSP San Pedro is currently the responsibility of the Defense Logistics Agency. As of May 2014, the Defense Logistics Agency placed all fuel storage tanks at Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro in a temporary closure (or non-active) status, so the complex could be re-opened or permanently closed depending on future mission requirements.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed jointly by the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency in February 2016 to analyze impacts that could potentially result from the complete or partial permanent closure of DFSP San Pedro as a Defense Logistics Agency-run facility. A Finding of No Significant Impact was signed in February 2016, in conjunction with the decision to move forward with a partial closure of the facility, and the Defense Logistics Agency began the process of permanently closing all underground storage tanks on the Main Terminal. At the same time, the Navy began the process of planning for the long-term utilization of the DFSP San Pedro property.

After reevaluating its fueling requirements, the Navy determined that it will continue to need additional fueling options in the Southwest region for contingency or emergency use, and that DFSP San Pedro is the only Navy property in the region able to meet those requirements. 

Proposed Action

In order to support Navy fueling requirements in the most economically sustainable way possible, the Navy proposes to outlease DFSP San Pedro property to a commercial entity.  In return for use of the property, the commercial lessee would be required to:  

·         Construct and/or upgrade all required fueling equipment to the latest safety standards,

·         Maintain facilities and equipment so that they are immediately available to fuel Navy ships when needed, and

·         Pay fair market value for use of the property in the form of construction, maintenance, and restoration projects on Navy bases. 

All new construction, upgrades and maintenance services would be at no cost to the taxpayer.

Alternatives

The Navy’s draft Environmental Assessment, released in April 2019, includes an analysis of the potential environmental impacts of two action alternatives and a No Action Alternative.

No Action Alternative

Under the No Action Alternative, the Proposed Action would not occur and the Navy’s previous plans would remain in effect.  Portions of the DFSP San Pedro base would be permanently closed, while a portion would be taken out of temporary closure status and returned to operation by the Navy. In addition, some of the off-site pipelines would be placed back into service and others would be abandoned in place.

The No Action Alternative is used to analyze the consequences of not undertaking the Proposed Action and serves to establish a comparative baseline for analysis.

Alternative 1: Rehabilitation and Operation of Main and Marine Terminals and Operation of On-Site and Off-Site Pipelines

Under Alternative 1, the Navy would outlease both the Main Terminal and the Marine Terminal to a commercial lessee.  The lessee would bring all required fueling equipment up to the most recent safety standards and maintain that equipment in a constant state of readiness at no cost to the government.  In addition to conducting commercial operations, the lessee would support Navy ship fueling operations when required. 

Alternative 2: Rehabilitation and Operation of Marine Terminal and Operation of On-Site and Off-Site Pipelines

Under Alternative 2, the Navy would outlease only the Marine Terminal to a commercial lessee.  The lessee would bring all required fueling equipment up to the most recent safety standards and maintain that equipment in a constant state of readiness at no cost to the government.  In addition to conducting commercial operations, the lessee would support Navy ship fueling operations when required. 

Both alternatives focus primarily on fueling infrastructure.  The purchase and delivery of fuel to the site would be addressed by the Navy through contracts outside of the commercial outlease.

For More Information

  • See the below documents
  • Read the latest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Officer
     at 562-626-7215 or nwssbpao@navy.mil

Public Outreach

From October 10, 2018 through November 13, 2018, the Navy held a 35-day public scoping period to receive public input that would help the Navy identify issues and resource areas for analysis in the Draft EA.

From April 19, 2019 through June 3, 2019 the Navy held a public comment period to receive public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment.  A public meeting was also held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Peck Park Community Center.  

Documents

Project Fact Sheet

2019 Draft Environmental Assessment for Renewed Fueling Operations at DFSP San Pedro
     2019 Draft EA Appendix A - Air Quality
     2019 Draft EA Appendix B - Impact Avoidance and Minimization
     2019 Draft EA Appendix C - Public and Agency Participation

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2016 Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Complete or Partial Closure of DFSP San Pedro

 

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