Valero Crude by Rail: FINAL EIR released today – PUBLIC HEARING FEB 8

By Roger Straw, The Benicia Independent

The City of Benicia published a Public Notice in the local newspaper today, announcing the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).  The notice also gave details on upcoming public hearings.   Relevant excerpt on upcoming dates:

PUBLIC HEARING The City of Benicia Planning Commission will hold a formal public hearing to receive comments on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to consider the Final EIR and a Use Permit for the Crude by Rail project.  In anticipation of the number of speakers, additional Planning Commission meetings to receive comments are scheduled for February 9, February 10 and February 11, 2016.  These additional meetings will only be held as necessary to hear public comment – if all members of the public who wish to speak on the FEIR and the Use Permit have been heard, for example, during the meeting on February 9th, then no further public comments would be heard during subsequent meetings.  All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Benicia City Hall, located at 250 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510.

The FEIR is now available on the City’s website and linked here on the Benicia Independent’s Project Documents pagePlease set aside time immediately to review the document and prepare your comments for the City.  There are only 34 days between release of the document today and the Public Hearing on Monday, February 8.