Environmental Impact Statement for the Port of Gulfport Expansion Project, Harrison County, Mississippi

Modification of Proposed Port Expansion Project

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Federal government agency actions that could significantly affect the environment. An EIS describes the positive and negative environmental effects of the proposed agency action and alternative actions. The NEPA process is designed to involve the public as well as to gather and analyze the best available environmental data so decision makers can be fully informed when making choices.

In accordance with NEPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has prepared a Final EIS (FEIS) for Department of the Army Permit Application 01768 for the Port of Gulfport Expansion Project (PGEP) in Harrison County, Mississippi (Download Volume I, Volume II, Volume III). This FEIS is the first of three major NEPA compliance documents associated with the proposed action that evaluates and analyzes the significant environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed PGEP. The USACE is the Lead Federal Agency with the responsibility of evaluating the environmental impacts of the proposed Project for the Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA or Applicant). As part of the NEPA process, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS.

The proposed PGEP has changed since 2013. As of February 2015, the MSPA does not intend to expand or maintain an expanded Gulfport Harbor Federal Navigation Channel (FNC) as part of the proposed expansion of the Port. As such, the expansion project would now impact approximately 282 acres of estuarine mud and sand bottom in the Mississippi Sound for the construction of wharfs, bulkheads, terminal facilities, container storage areas, intermodal container transfer facilities, and construction of a 4,000-linear foot breakwater in addition to placement of new work and maintenance dredged material. Included in the evaluation is the beneficial use and placement of new work and maintenance dredged material. The total footprint of the Port would increase in size by 281.5 acres with an estimated throughput upon completion of construction of up to 1.7 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) annually by 2060. The proposed expanded Port facility would be elevated to up to +25 feet mean sea level to provide protection against future tropical storm surge events.

The PGEP FEIS was released for public and agency review on June 9, 2017. The review period extended from June 9, 2017 through July 10, 2017.

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