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CITY MANAGER AFFIRMS AGREEMENT BETWEEN STAFF & APPLICANT ON THE COMPLETION OF A "STABLE PROJECT DESCRIPTION"
On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Vallejo City Manager Dan Keen affirmed to the Vallejo City Council that the Orcem/Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT) Project Description was complete.
VALLEJO CITY COUNCIL DIRECTS STAFF TO CORRECT AND FINALIZE DRAFT FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DRAFT FEIR)
On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the Vallejo City Council voted to direct staff to correct and finalize the Draft Final Environmental Impact Report (Draft FEIR) for the Orcem/Vallejo Marine Terminal proposal.  The Council, on a 4-3 vote, approved the following resolution (the original resolution can also be viewed by clicking on the following link):

RESOLUTION NO. 17 - 062 N.C.

BE IT RESOLVED
by the Council of the City of Vallejo that staff is directed to take the following actions:

1. Upon obtaining the written consent of the Appellant/Applicant, Appellant/Applicant's appeal(s) concerning the project are hereby stayed and delayed to a date no later than January 16, 2018, at which time this Council will once again consider this appeal and further consider any documents and work product prepared by staff in connection with the following items;

2. Staff is directed to work with Appellant/Applicant to describe and analyze alternatives or revisions to the Revised Project Alternative as described in the Draft Final Environmental Impact Report, and to prepare a 'final and stable project description' for purposes of complying with the California Environmental Quality Act, and, once that is achieved;

3. Staff is directed to prepare and process the necessary documents for presentation to the planning commission and this Council including finalizing the FEIR, preparing CEQA findings, MMRP, Statement of Overriding Considerations, and conditions of approval, and presenting them to this Council for consideration and possible certification and approval.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT should a final project description constituting a 'final and stable project description' not be achieved, or should the appellant's consent to stay this appeal not be obtained by July 15, 2017, staff is directed to come back to this Council for further action on the appeal.

Adopted by the City Council of the City of Vallejo at a special adjourned meeting held on June 1, 2017, with the following vote:

AYES:       Councilmembers Dew-Costa, Malgapo, Sunga and Verder-Aliga
NOES:      Mayor Sampayan, Vice Mayor McConnell, and Councilmember Miessner
ABSENT:  None
ABSTAIN: None

Orcem Vallejo

CITY OF VALLEJO RELEASES DRAFT FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DRAFT FEIR)
On Tuesday evening, February 6, 2017, the City of Vallejo released the Draft Final Environmental Impact Report (Draft FEIR) for the Orcem Vallejo proposal, along with appendices, comments from the Draft EIR and responses, and other pertinent information.  You can visit the city's website for an overview of these items by clicking here, or click on the following links for a direct download of these documents (please note that these are voluminous documents, so download times may be longer than normal):

Draft Final EIR
Draft FEIR Appendices
Updated Response to Comments DEIR
Comment Letters  
Orcem Plans Dated 11/5/15
VMT Plans Dated 6/2/16


WATCH OUR TRAFFIC SIMULATIONS
Orcem Vallejo has prepared traffic simulations showing anticipated traffic along Lemon Street, at the Sonoma Boulevard and Curtola Parkway intersections. You can view these simulations today - simply visit our YouTube page by clicking here.


ANNOUNCING OUR $1 MILLION DOLLAR COMMUNITY BENEFITS PROGRAM
We are very excited to announce the formation of our $1 million dollar Community Benefits Program!

Our $1 million Community Benefits Program to support the Vallejo community in a wide variety of important and much needed areas. 
 
According the Stephen Bryan, President of Orcem Americas, “The primary focus of the funds will be to support the South Vallejo community, which is in closest proximity to our proposed project.  The funds will be spent to support local non-profits that provide services in the areas of education, youth, job training and environmental sustainability.”
 
The Orcem/VMT Community Grant Program is contingent upon project approval of their green cement milling operation and deep water marine terminal by the Vallejo City Council.  Orcem/VMT will establish a process for the selection of grant recipients, based on criteria developed with community input.
 
“We are very excited about the opportunity to provide support to the Vallejo community,” stated Blaise Fettig, Principal of Vallejo Marine Terminal. “Once we establish our new state-of-the-art marine terminal and Orcem develops their new green cement milling operation at the ex-General Mills site, we will have the opportunity to be able to give back to the community in a meaningful way.”
 
Stephen Bryan added, “Based on the hundreds of conversations I have had across the Vallejo community, and particularly South Vallejo, it is clear that economic development and quality jobs is a top concern to residents.  Our project directly supports those two needs and our community grant program will provide much-needed funds to support job training so as many Vallejo residents as possible can work at our marine and mill facilities.”
 
 
 
The Orcem/VMT project will include more than $60 million in private investment on this green business — creating jobs, increasing local tax revenue and boosting the economy. The City of Vallejo is expected to receive more than $500,000 each year in new tax and fee revenues from both the Orcem and VMT projects — helping pay for local services, like police and fire.  In addition, the projects will support 189 good-paying permanent jobs, generating $13.15 million in wages paid to these workers over a six-year period — not to mention the tens of thousands of hours in construction-related work. And in just over five years, the projects will contribute $21.72 million to the local economy.


UPDATED INFORMATION – Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT)/Orcem Project Amendment
(view the official notice on the City of Vallejo website by clicking here)

The applicants for the VMT/Orcem project have submitted an amendment to their application for the development of a marine terminal and the Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag processing facility.  The applicants have proposed the following revisions to the project description to reduce the overall size of the project:
  • Elimination of Phase 2 of the VMT project, which proposed a rock dike and lay down area where bulk and break bulk goods would be temporarily staged.  Vessels, including barges, moving goods to or from the site would be proposed to dock at the wharf when it is not occupied by a deep draft vessel.  Please note that this change substantially reduces the amount of bay fill proposed previously, but does not impact Orcem’s Phase 1 or Phase 2 components of the project.
  • Elimination of the 5.25 acre portion of the site that was proposed for annexation at the southernmost end of the project site and relocation of the proposed storage shed from this southern area of the property to the northern portion of the site.
  • Clarification of the materials to be handled through the Terminal, which are proposed to include;
    • Feed grains
    • Manufactured steel
    • Timber/lumber
    • Rock, aggregate, ores, and related materials (including granulated blast furnace slag, portland cement clinker material, pozzolan, gypsum, limestone and related materials used as part of the Orcem project component)
    • Project-based break-bulk items (i.e., heavy lift transport, large construction assemblies)
    • Other bulk and break-bulk commodities
    • Marine construction materials
    • Portland cement
  • Liquid bulk cargos or large-scale container operations are not proposed to be handled through the VMT Terminal.  The applicants have stated that the VMT Terminal would prohibit the handling of municipal waste, coal, petroleum coke or any other petroleum-based product such as gasoline or crude oil.
  • Movement of rail (including loading/unloading of rail cars) is proposed to occur between the hours of 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM to avoid late-night noise impacts on residential areas.
The proposed revisions to the project description and the removal of references to VMT’s Phase 2 will be included and analyzed in the staff report and supporting documentation.   The proposed VMT plans that reflect the revised project are included here for review. Draft statement of overriding considerations. Ecocem-Jigsaw partnership. Updated economic impact study. Lemon Street corridor maintenance improvement plan.

In addition to the removal of VMT Phase 1 from the project, the applicants have proposed a modified version of the "Revised Operations Alternative" (ROA) which was first presented in the Draft EIR.  This modified version of the ROA is intended to reduce environmental impacts of the revised project by:  (1)  Formally subjecting the VMT component of the project to a BAAQMD Permit; (2)  Implementing a refined truck loading and weight management system to increase efficiency; (3)  Implementing ongoing fleet and equipment management activities to further minimize remaining NOx emissions; (4) Offsetting any remaining significant emissions of NOx, through purchased offsets, or an emissions reduction program subject to monitoring; and, (5)  Reducing the maximum length of trains serving the project site from 100 to 50 cars.

The applicant's proposed changes to the project description and consideration of a modified ROA would be further analyzed in the Final EIR prepared by the City of Vallejo.  All relevant documentation will be made available for review prior to consideration by the Planning Commission.

Read letters to the editor sent by project supporters:
 

Talk about scary - Vallejo Times-Herald, July 19, 2018

Get it straight on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, July 10, 2018

It's about the green cement - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 27, 2018

Move forward with Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 13, 2018

It's Orcem's time - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 6, 2018

Still all-in on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 6, 2018

Room for growth in Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 23, 2018

How I decide - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 17, 2018

One bag at a time - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 24, 2018

Opinions still allowed - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 17, 2018

The Orcem decision: What is right for all Vallejoans? - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 8, 2018

Follow the myths - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 2, 2018

Speaking of opinions... - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 21, 2018

Orcem is a good fit - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 16, 2018

An Orcem explanation - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 25, 2018

Orcem: Getting to the point - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 18, 2018

Orcem over garbage - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 12, 2018

Orcem numbers are simple - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 9, 2018

Orcem a win-win - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 9, 2018

The good place - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 4, 2018

Orcem and timing - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 30, 2018

What's best for Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 19, 2018

Jobs and growth? Try Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 16, 2018

Orcem means money and jobs - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 7, 2018

Vallejo deserves a break - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 24, 2017

Setting it straight - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 6, 2017

Vallejo deserves a break - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 29, 2017

Orcem essential for Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 29, 2017

Who can say no to cleaner air? - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 26, 2017

We need truth, not history - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 17, 2017

Here's your proof - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 12, 2017

Coming around to Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 7, 2017

Cut the crap — yes to Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 5, 2017

Enough with the anti-Orcem hyperbole - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 1, 2017

Road to nowhere - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 24, 2017

What 'majority'? - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 15, 2017

Orcem's opportunity - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 11, 2017

Let's get on with it - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 2, 2017

Let's not squander this Orcem opportunity - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 24, 2017

Right on - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 21, 2017

A glaring truth - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 21, 2017

Orcem: It's pretty simple... - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 13, 2017

Yes, let's follow the money - Vallejo Times-Herald, August 29, 2017

Get it? - Vallejo Times-Herald, August 8, 2017

Why I support Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, August 7, 2017

A pleasure to disagree - Vallejo Times-Herald, July 18, 2017

Orcem brings business -- clean business - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 29, 2017

I vote for the project - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 23, 2017

Standing up, standing tall - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 17, 2017

Finally, time for an open conversation on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 14, 2017

Council, take control - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 11, 2017

Stand up to the mayhem - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 8, 2017

Do the right thing, support Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 6, 2017

Listen and learn on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 31, 2017

How about the FEIR? - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 31, 2017

Give Orcem a fair chance - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 31, 2017

Be informed on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 30, 2017

Orcem pros have it - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 26, 2017

Orcem makes sense - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 26, 2017

Life in Vallejo — Then, now and the future - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 22, 2017

Positives have it - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 12, 2017

Not perfect, but better - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 9, 2017

Orcem will make Vallejo an industry leader - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 18, 2017

On the facts, Orcem wins - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 14, 2017

The benefits of Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 12, 2017

A chance for Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 9, 2017 

Don’t live in fear - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 31, 2017 

Orcem good for all of Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 24, 2017

Orcem made its case - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 24, 2017

Why not ships? - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 21, 2017

Your vote, your choice - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 10, 2017

A short-lived 'victory' - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 9, 2017

What about Monday's meeting? - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 3, 2017

Use an open mind, back Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 3, 2017

We need Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 3, 2017

Strong case for Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 3, 2017

Rejuvenate Vallejo by supporting Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 3, 2017

Stop fighting growth - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 3, 2017

Finally, voices of reason - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 2, 2017

Move forward with Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Labor backs Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Orcem/VMT fosters safety - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Follow the process - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Orcem will improve Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Turning the tide - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Orcem is a must - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Will Vallejo lose again? - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 24, 2017

Why I back Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 22, 2017

Signs of desperation - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 10, 2017

We can be proud of Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 10, 2017

A letter worth reading - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 3, 2017

Orcem's water option - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 27, 2017

Welcome, Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 13, 2017

The anti-Orcem con - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 13, 2017

One letter says it all - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 6, 2017

Drilling down on the Orcem facts - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 27. 2016

No downside - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 21, 2016

False fear campaign on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 20, 2016

Pleasant surprise on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 16, 2016

It's a mystery - Vallejo-Times Herald, December 9, 2016

On Orcem, the positives have it - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 2, 2016

Yes, display those names - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 22, 2016

Something positive for Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 18, 2016

Vallejo's decaying foundation - Vallejo Times-Herald, November 17, 2016

Orcem a good fit - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 21, 2016

Orcem part of the solution - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 21, 2016

Think good, fix the bad - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 30, 2016

How Vallejo can fight climate change - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 23, 2016

Confident about Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 21, 2016

Orcem is progress - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 18, 2016

'This is business' - Vallejo Times-Herald, September 2, 2016

Orcem's benefits - Vallejo Times-Herald, August 26, 2016

A better future with Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, August 26, 2016

Time for Vallejo to grow - Vallejo Times-Herald, August 23, 2016

Come together for Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, August 19, 2016

Where I am on Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, July 29, 2016

Let's be the envy of the Bay Area - Vallejo Times-Herald, June 16, 2016

The big picture - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 17, 2016

City of opportunity? - Vallejo Times-Herald, May 13, 2016

Plenty of room for everyone - Vallejo Times-Herald, April 26, 2016

The key to Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, March 29, 2016

Vallejo safety needs economic growth - Vallejo Times-Herald, February 15, 2016

Green cement is the future - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 29, 2016

The problem isn't Orcem - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 15, 2016

Payback time - Vallejo Times-Herald, January 8, 2016

Vallejo and Orcem - if not now, then when? - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 18, 2015

The Orcem/VMT Magic Economic Multiplier - Vallejo Times-Herald, December 4, 2015

Orcem good for Vallejo - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 30, 2015

Embrace this project - Vallejo Times-Herald, October 14, 2015