“Operations would generate emissions of nitrogen oxides that would exceed the state standard more than 10 times.”

 

Honda deal spells emissions for Richmond
By Katherine Tam
West County Times
Article Launched: 08/01/2008 05:57:29 PM PDT

Richmond is near to finalizing a deal with American Honda Motor Co. to move 150,000 cars a year through its port, a contract that could bring about $100 million in revenue over 15 years.

The deal would be a major boon to the city coffers, but it also would carry environmental impacts, including one deemed to be “significant and unavoidable,” according to the draft environmental impact report. Operations would generate emissions of nitrogen oxides that would exceed the state standard more than 10 times.

“Although mitigation measures have been identified to reduce the project’s air emissions, they would still substantially exceed the (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) threshold,” according to the document.

Nitrogen oxides alone aren’t considered harmful to people, but they contribute to smog, which can irritate the lungs and trigger asthma, said Aaron Richardson, a spokesman for the air district.

A provision in California law allows applications with emissions above state thresholds to move forward if economic or social benefits outweigh the environmental effects. The city of Richmond would need to file a Statement of Overriding Consideration outlining such benefits.

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