Draft Environmental Impact Statement Released for Projects to Mitigate Transborder Water Pollution | US EPA

Next step in implementing EPA’s complete infrastructure answer for the San Diego-Tijuana Region

SAN DIEGO (June 17, 2022) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) invite the public to evaluate and remark by August 1 on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for a set of proposed initiatives that comprise the Comprehensive Infrastructure Solution for mitigating transborder water air pollution. EPA and USIBWC will convene public data periods to talk about the proposed initiatives and public conferences to settle for feedback.

The Tijuana River carries handled and untreated wastewater, trash, and sediment from Mexico throughout the border into the United States. In addition, polluted discharge into the Pacific Ocean from Tijuana’s San Antonio de Los Buenos wastewater therapy plant is carried northward by ocean currents in the course of the summer time, impacting seashores in southern San Diego County. The PEIS launched right this moment is a part of the environmental evaluate course of required as the subsequent step to transfer ahead on the infrastructure actions introduced by EPA in November 2021. Completing the PEIS is important to provoke planning, design, and building of an preliminary a part of a complete set of infrastructure initiatives in San Diego and Tijuana to stem the circulation of transborder air pollution.  

“The border communities share one watershed, and the options to decreasing air pollution in our shared atmosphere require binational collaboration throughout all ranges of presidency. EPA has labored intently with the USIBWC, a variety of stakeholders, and the general public to obtain right this moment’s milestone, which demonstrates tangible progress towards decreasing air pollution flows,” stated EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman. “We look ahead to persevering with this collaboration and listening to instantly from the communities throughout the watershed.”

“We look ahead to working with stakeholders and EPA to tackle the sanitation drawback at San Diego-Tijuana,” stated USIBWC Commissioner Dr. Maria-Elena Giner.I particularly worth the enter of local people members who’ve firsthand expertise with the area’s wastewater challenges.”

The Draft PEIS, which is a required step below the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), analyzes the potential direct, oblique, and cumulative results of the proposed set of infrastructure initiatives, in addition to options, on the human, bodily, and organic atmosphere. This is a chance for the general public to give enter on the environmental evaluation and options throughout the PEIS, which EPA and USIBWC will think about in any last PEIS.

The Draft PEIS evaluates the choice of taking no motion, together with two various approaches to undertake initiatives to tackle water high quality within the Tijuana River and adjoining coastal areas. Descriptions of the options evaluated are in the Draft PEIS and on the venture web site.

EPA and USIBWC have established a 45-day public remark interval for the Draft PEIS that concludes on August 1, 2022. EPA and USIBWC will host a digital public data session the final week of June to share particulars concerning the PEIS. Please go to our Tijuana River watershed web site for extra details about the general public data session.

After the general public has had extra time for evaluate, two digital public conferences might be held on July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PDT and on July 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT to solicit enter on the Draft PEIS. Meeting supplies might be offered in a bilingual written format (English and Spanish). Closed captioning (in English) and audio (with simultaneous English/Spanish interpretation companies) might be accessible in the course of the conferences.

For extra data on how to register for the digital public conferences, please go to our Tijuana River watershed web site. In addition to attending the conferences, written feedback could also be submitted till 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on August 1, 2022, to this e-mail tackle: Tijuana-Transboundary-EIS@epa.gov.

Comments will assist EPA and USIBWC additional refine the evaluation within the draft PEIS. EPA and USIBWC will then put together a Final PEIS in November 2022 and can publish a Federal Register discover asserting its public availability.

Once the ultimate PEIS is issued, EPA and USIBWC will signal a Record of Decision. Once signed, the primary initiatives recognized within the Comprehensive Infrastructure Solution might start in early 2023, utilizing the $300 million that Congress appropriated by means of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). 

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