Jasper ocean terminal environmental impact statement

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The proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal, located on the Savannah River in Jasper County, South Carolina, is expected to be one of the largest ports on the East Coast. The state-of-the-art marine container terminal will use sustainable technologies to handle up to 7 million 20-foot containers annually, and upon completion will support vessels that are double the size of what is currently possible at neighboring ports.

In conjunction with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Charleston District, Atkins will prepare the environmental impact statement (EIS) in order to evaluate the project’s potential socioeconomic and natural environmental impacts. Conducted over a period of 5 to 6 years, the EIS will address numerous issues such as sea level rise, scenery impacts, protected species and habitat, socioeconomic issues, transportation impacts, noise and vibration, and air quality.

The wharf will encompass more than 2 miles, with the ability to manage eight design vessels at full buildout. The expansive size of this project could impact approximately 54 acres of tidal salt marsh and bottomland hardwood wetlands, where threatened and endangered species exist. Among these and several other issues, Atkins will evaluate the project’s impact and develop ways to mitigate the environmental effects.

Developed jointly by the port authorities of Georgia and South Carolina, this bi-state owned and operated marine container terminal will aid projected growth for containerized cargo for a minimum of 25 years and is expected to support economic development in the region, including adding billions in tax revenue and upwards of 1 million jobs.

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Location:
Jasper County, South Carolina

Country/Region:
United States of America

Client:
Moffatt & Nichol

Completion Date:
(ongoing)

Service Provided:
Preparation of third-party Environmental 
   Impact Statement
Project management and oversight
Preparation of materials for and
   participation in public meetings
   and NEPA hearing(s)
NEPA compliance and permitting

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