Los Angeles Trans-Pacific Telecommunications Cable Hub

The City of Los Angeles (City) Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering (BOE) is the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Project.

The City is requesting input from responsible agencies, trustee agencies, stakeholders, and other interested parties regarding the content of the environmental analysis and information included in the Draft EIR.

Project Applicant: TE Subsea Communications LLC (TE SubCom)

Project Description: The Project consists of the installation and operation of up to four transpacific submarine cable systems, which would connect the United States to various locations in Asia-Pacific, starting with Hong Kong. Phase I of the Project would include installation of the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) subsea telecommunication cable system, a second marine cable “segment,” referred to here as the Trans-Pacific Cable Segment, and construction of associated infrastructure, including horizontal directionally drilled (HDD) bore pipes, underground beach manholes (BMHs), ocean ground beds, and the terrestrial conduit route connecting the BMHs to an existing data center. All permanent Project components would be installed below ground. Phases II, III, and IV would include installation and operation of a subsea cable system to complete the Trans-Pacific Cable Segment (Phase II) and two additional cable systems (Phases III and IV, respectively).

Project Location: The proposed Project landing site is located within the northeast corner of a parking lot at Dockweiler State Beach (33°56'31.24"N 118°26'29.64"W), immediately west of South Marine Avenue, and approximately 70 meters (m) (230 feet [ft]) west of Vista Del Mar Boulevard abutting the western boundary of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). A subsurface terrestrial duct system would be constructed from the project-installed beach manholes at the Dockweiler State Beach parking lot to an existing data center, requiring conveyance through public street ROW within the cities of Los Angeles and El Segundo.

Summary of Potential Environmental Effects: Based on the analysis of the Draft EIR, the Project may result in temporary significant and unavoidable impacts related to air quality and noise during Project construction. Other issues addressed in the Draft EIR include: aesthetic and visual resources, terrestrial biological resources, marine biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gases, hydrology and water quality, hazards and public safety, land use and recreation, public services (police protection, fire protection, emergency medical services, schools, and libraries), and traffic and transportation. With implementation of mitigation measures, no significant and unavoidable Project or cumulative impacts associated with these environmental topics are expected.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The Draft EIR will be available for public review for a 45-day period, commencing on May 18, 2017, and concluding on July 3, 2017. Public comments on the Draft EIR will be received during this period. The Draft EIR can be accessed online at the Report links below and is available at the following locations:

  1. BOE, Environmental Management Group (EMG), 1149 S Broadway, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 485-5760 
  2. Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Public Library, 7114 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045, (310) 348-1082 
  3. Council District 11- Westchester District Office,7166 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045, (310) 568-8772 
  4. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094, (310) 437-6680 
  5. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W Mariposa Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245, (310) 524-2722

Please send your comments by mail to:

Mr. William Jones, Environmental Supervisor II, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering, EMG, 1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Comments may also be submitted by email to William.Jones@lacity.org (please include “Los Angeles Trans-Pacific Cable Hub Comments” in the subject line) or by fax to (213) 847-0656.

Please submit comments in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 3, 2017

PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING: A public meeting will be held during the Draft EIR public review period to solicit comments from interested parties on the content of the Draft EIR. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Westchester Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

If you require a sign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation to conduct business with City staff at the scoping meeting for a disability, as defined by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act and California Fair Employment and Housing Act, please contact the City staff person listed in this NOP at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to arrange for such accommodation.

Report
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Review Status Public Review Period
Initial Study Closed  
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report Closed  
Notice of Availability of an Environmental Impact Report Open May 18, 2017 - July 3, 2017
Draft EIR Open May 18, 2017 - July 3, 2017
Draft EIR Executive Summary Open May 18, 2017 - July 3, 2017
Draft EIR Appendices Open May 18, 2017 - July 3, 2017
PDF iconFinal EIR    
PDF iconMitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan    
PDF iconFindings and Statement of Overriding Considerations    
PDF iconNotice of Determination