Navy Invites Public Input on Draft Environmental Assessment for
Renewed Fueling Operations at Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of its proposal to renew fueling operations for commercial and military purposes at Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro. The Navy is respectfully requesting and welcomes public input on the Draft EA. A 32-day public comment period will be open from April 19, 2019, through May 20, 2019.
The Navy proposes to enter into a commercial outlease of its fee-owned real property (pursuant to 10 United States Code section 2667) and assign its interests in the Navy-owned fuel pipeline rights-of-way to allow for renewed fueling operations for commercial and military purposes at Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro. The purchase and delivery of fuel to Navy vessels and ships would be addressed by the Navy through contracts outside of the commercial outlease. The commercial outlease lessee would be required to provide the Navy with the capability of receiving fuel alongside Pier 12 at the Marine Terminal during routine and contingency operations. Rehabilitation of facilities and infrastructure would likely be required to accommodate continued use of Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro.
Open House Information Session
To inform the public and obtain public input, the Navy is holding an open house information session on:
Monday, May 6, 2019
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Peck Park Community Center
560 N. Western Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90732
Navy representatives will be available at poster stations to provide information about the project and answer questions. The public may arrive any time during the open house information session. Arriving by 7:30 p.m. is suggested to allow ample time to visit the poster stations. There will be no formal presentation.
Public Comment Period
Public comments will be accepted throughout the 32-day public comment period, from April 19, 2019, through May 20, 2019. Written comments may be submitted at the open house information session, by email to email@example.com, or via postal mail to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest
Attention: Code EV25.TB
937 N. Harbor Drive
Building 1, 3rd Floor (Environmental)
San Diego, CA 92132
Comments must be postmarked by Monday, May 20, 2019. All comments submitted by the due date will be considered in preparation of the Final EA.
Purpose and Need
The purpose of the Proposed Action is the reactivation and sustainment of the Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro facility to the maximum extent practicable for commercial fueling use, with allowance for periodic and contingency fueling of Navy ships, in support of 10 United States Code section 5062.
The need for the Proposed Action is to ensure the fullest possible use and maintenance of the Navy’s assets (e.g., the Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro Main and Marine Terminals and associated pipelines) through the commercial use of facilities and infrastructure while maintaining capability to meet periodic and contingency Navy fueling needs.
For More Information
- See the below documents
- Contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Gregg Smith,
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. The Navy received 11 comment submittals, which were responded to in development of the Draft EA.
Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro is comprised of two Special Areas: (1) the San Pedro Fuel Depot (Main Terminal) and (2) the Long Beach Fuel Complex (Marine Terminal including Pier 12), both assigned to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Operation of Defense Fuel Support Point 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 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 Defense Fuel Support Point 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 Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro.
The Navy determined, based on its mission needs, an evaluation of the facilities, and of regulatory, resource, and development considerations at Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro, that potential options existed to allow for a lessee to use Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro for commercial fueling operations under an outlease. A separate fuel purchase agreement would be established with a private/commercial entity to support the Navy’s fueling requirements at the installation.