Development and implementation of program-related documentation
Community and customer outreach assistance
Assistance with budget tracking and funding activities
Troubleshooting the process, documentation and all program aspects
Since 2007, E2 has been providing program management for the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Trucks Program (CTP). The CTP is designed to encourage rapid improvement of air quality at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach through use of grants and financial incentives that will allow trucking companies to accelerate the replacement of older, high-polluting trucks with newer, cleaner trucks. It is also expected to create a more consolidated network of port-approved carriers who can be held accountable for maintaining trucks and employing properly trained and credentialed drivers, which will help ensure lower emissions output over the life of a truck. The program will also enhance port security and public safety because approved carriers have to ensure that their trucks and the employees that drive them meet security and safety standards.
E2 has been providing administrative, management, and technical support for the CTP. This work entails developing program criteria, components, timelines, documents, partners, and various other details. The program is expected to turn over the legacy fleet of 16,000 diesel drayage trucks servicing the twin ports by incorporating funds obtained from a Clean Trucks Fee assessed on containerized cargo and from other agency funding sources.
In early 2009, the San Pedro Bay Ports (Ports) transitioned from a sticker based gate control system to electronic radio frequency identification (RFID) based gate access for its container terminals. This shift in technology created an opportunity to track and report drayage truck activity at a level of detail not seen before. E2 developed the Truck Activity Reporting System (TARS) to collect, analyze, and present information about the truck fleet that services the Ports. Through TARS the Port is able to see high resolution real time data regarding the current distribution of trucks and can track the progress of the CTP over time. The Ports are able to use this data to make funding and planning decisions as it moves forward with its aggressive truck replacement program to clean the regionís air.
Plains All American Pipeline Company
Plains All American Pipeline Company (Plains)
Principal Client Services:
Mitigation Measure Implementation
E2 has provided environmental consulting services to Plains All American Pipeline Company (Plains) and predecessors Pacific Energy Partners and ARCO Pipeline for over a decade. Activities have covered broad areas from air permitting, spill prevention planning, to stormwater, remediation and due diligence. E2 is currently in the environmental planning and permitting process for the construction of a 350,000 barrel per day crude oil import terminal in the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) that will serve as the only inner harbor crude oil facility (Project) capable of offloading Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs). This marine terminal, which is a critical component of the entire West Coasts energy infrastructure, is proposed to be built at Berth 408 of Pier 400. Plains is proposing to construct up to 12 new crude oil storage tanks, as well as 7 miles of new crude oil transport pipeline. The pipeline will connect crude oil supertankers to the new storage tanks, which would then connect to other existing infrastructure and refineries in the Los Angeles basin. The construction of 12 new tanks and 7 miles of pipeline has triggered CEQA/NEPA requirements, including the preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Report (SEIS/SEIR). POLA is the lead agency and has primary ownership of the SEIS/SEIR. E2 served as the lead consultant for the project proponent, Plains, in the development of NEPA and CEQA documentation.
In our capacity as lead consultant, E2 has prepared project descriptions, baseline analyses and impact studies in several areas including air quality, water quality, and subsurface contamination. In particular, air quality was a challenge for the project given a baseline of zero existing emissions and significant local concerns with regard to impacts of diesel particulate matter emissions in the neighboring communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. A project health risk analysis was also developed by E2 as part of the SEIS/SEIR process. POLA Board of Harbor Commissioners certified the SEIS/SEIR in November 2008.
In addition to CEQA/NEPA services, E2 is supporting ongoing environmental program development efforts for this project, including compliance, permit condition negotiation, evaluation of methodologies for Plains to comply with program requirements, and tools for compliance demonstration. In particular, this facility has faced unique air quality permitting constraints in that the local South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) regulations require consideration of vessel emissions, traditionally a mobile source, as part of the stationary source permits. Additionally, E2 is coordinating with various federal, state and local public agencies to ensure compliance with the water quality standards of the City of Los Angeles, Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) and various other public agencies.
POLA CEQA / NEPA
Port of Los Angeles CEQA/NEPA and Special Studies
Principal Client Services:
EIR/EIS Preparation and 3rd Party Review
Technical Study Preparation and 3rd Party Review
In-house CEQA/NEPA Project Management
CEQA Exemption Determinations
Risk of Upset
Mitigation Monitoring Tracking
E2 is currently providing California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act (CEQA/NEPA) and Special Studies support services under a Master Services Agreement with POLA. Services including technical studies, such as aesthetics; air quality; noise impacts; transportation; biology; earth resources; and water quality. E2 personnel were also responsible for the preparation and or third-party review of CEQA/NEPA compliance documents, including negative declarations (NDs), mitigated negative declarations (MNDs), environmental assessments (EAs), EIRs, and EISs. Additional duties included resource agency coordination, permit preparation and processing, and overall mitigation monitoring and reporting.
In addition to direct CEQA/NEPA services, E2 has also supported POLA on a range of environmental initiatives related to POLAís CEQA/NEPA projects and mitigations. E2 provided dedicated staff, placed as an in-house project manager, for the CEQA group at the POLA. E2 also has provided a sustainability liaison to work, on behalf of the Port, with the City of Los Angeles pursuant to LAís Mayor Villaraigosaís sustainability efforts. E2 was responsible for obtaining and analyzing sustainability data from all Divisions at the POLA by conducting water conservation surveys, energy conservation surveys, waste reduction surveys, and field observations.