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Toyota’s green terminal gets go-ahead from Port of Long Beach

Thursday, 16 August 2018 | 00:00

Port of Long Beach officials on Monday moved forward on a green terminal plan being proposed by Toyota to better serve its hydrogen-powered clean vehicle line.

The renewable energy power plant would power the private terminal that imports Toyota vehicles at the port and be designed to reduce air pollution.

A hearing held before the unanimous vote to accept and approve permitting for the plans by the Toyota Logistics Services facility drew no comments from the public.

The major renovation on the terminal would add a self-contained fuel-cell power plant and a fueling station to the Toyota Logistics Services facility at Pier B. Each would help reduce air pollution by using renewable energy and eliminating the emissions of harmful gases that could potentially drift over neighboring areas.

The project would reconfigure the facility to streamline operations and reduce on-site vehicle movement and enhance and modernize the facility for safety, seismic and environmental purposes.

Heather Tomley, director of environmental planning, gave commissioners an overview of the project and said that mitigation measures were sufficient to send the terminal plans forward.

“Fugitive dust” was among the potential impacts but studies determined that could be mitigated with increased watering on the premises, Tomley said.

There also will be safeguards in place in the event of archaeological finds on the property.

“All potentially significant impacts will be mitigated to less than significant,” she told commissioners.

The property is located in the northeast part of the Long Beach Harbor and most of the area is within the city of Long Beach. A small northwest corner of the property is located within the city of Los Angeles.

Cars are delivered by ship to the site and are then processed to be shipped via truck and train to car dealerships in the western United States.

Toyota has been producing the fuel cell cars, banking on hydrogen power automobiles becoming a bigger share of the electric vehicle market in the future.

Nearly all of the terminal’s existing facilities on 223,000 square feet would be demolished to make way for the new elements and terminal makeover.
Source: Press Tlegram

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