Last update:
2019-11-01

Eastgate Air Cargo Facility , USA

San Bernardino suffers high levels of pollution from the logistics industry which a proposed air cargo facility would make even worse. A local coalition is calling for a ‘community benefits agreement’ to ensure good jobs and protection from air pollution


Description:

The proposed Eastgate Air Cargo Facility at San Bernardino Airport would make high levels of vehicular air pollution even worse. Already, San Bernardino county is one of the biggest hubs for goods warehousing and distribution in the US. Every year tens of billions of dollars’ worth of imported goods enter the country and pass through the area, by train, truck and plane. The area encompassing San Bernardino county and the neighbouring Riverside counties is known as the ‘Inland Empire’. There are high poverty levels. Many people have immigrated to the area, from Latin America and Asia. About 1 in 5 residents is a immigrant. High levels of pollution from logistics traffic is compounded by geography; the area sits in a valley between the San Bernardino mountains and the San Gabriel mountains, forming a bowl trapping air heavily laden with pollutants from vehicles. Emissions drift inland from Los Angeles and the area hosts one of the country’s busiest railyards and a proliferation of warehouses. San Bernardino has the worst ozone pollution in the country and is among the worst areas for year-round particulate pollution. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Eastgate Air Cargo Facility , USA
Country:United States of America
State or province:California
Location of conflict:San Bernardino
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Ports and airport projects
Specific commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The Eastgate Air Cargo Facility site is the former Norton Air Force Base at San Bernardino International Airport. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was approved by the commission of regional leaders overseeing San Bernardino Airport operations in October 2018. In late 2018 master developer Hillwood Enterprises moved forward with plans for the facility.[2] The budget for the facility is USD 200 million.[3] Specifications for the proposed Eastgate Air Cargo Facility, on a 41 hectare site, include:

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Project area:41
Level of Investment:200,000,000
Type of populationUrban
Start of the conflict:17/04/2019
Company names or state enterprises:Hillwood Enterprises from United States of America - master developer
Environmental Science Associates (ESA) from United States of America - Consultant to project including Draft Environmental Assessment
Relevant government actors:San Bernardino International Airport Authority - http://sbiaa.org/
Inland Valley Development Agency
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
U. S. Department of Transportation
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:San Bernardino Airport Communities - https://sbairportcommunities.org/home
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) - http://ccaej.org/
Teamsters Local 1932 - https://www.teamsters1932.org/
Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) - https://faithinaction.org/federation/inland-congregations-united-for-change/
Inland Empire Labor Council - https://www.ielabor.org/
Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) - https://faithinaction.org/federation/inland-congregations-united-for-change/
Inland Empire Labor Council - https://www.ielabor.org/
Warehouse Worker Resource Center - http://www.warehouseworkers.org/
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) - https://www.chirla.org/
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Industrial workers
Informal workers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Trade unions
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Global warming, Noise pollution, Oil spills
Health ImpactsVisible: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Potential: Other environmental related diseases
Other Health impactsIllnesses caused by pollutants emitted by aircraft and trucks
Sleep disturbance from night-time operations
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Violations of human rights, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Specific impacts on women
Outcome
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Development of alternatives:The San Bernardino Airport Communities coalition is fighting for a community benefits agreement to ensure the Eastgate Air Cargo Facility project brings well-paid, secure jobs and for mitigation of pollution from the project such as installation of air filters.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The Eastgate Air Cargo Facility has not yet been approved and justice will depend upon a full environmental impact assessment and agreement of the community benefit agreement that a broad local coalition is calling for.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

[10] DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: EASTGATE AIR CARGO FACILITY, Prepared by Environmental Science Associates, Inc., July 2019
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] Family Matters, Grist, 29 May 2019
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[2] San Bernardino residents raise concerns over massive air cargo logistics center bound for airport, THE SUN, 19 April 2019
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Sign at public hearing on Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Center, August 2019. Photo by John Valenzuela. Source: THE SUN https://www.sbsun.com/2019/08/15/airport-expansion-must-guarantee-clearly-defined-community-benefits/
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[4] Hundreds of San Bernardino residents speak out at FAA hearing on Eastgate air-cargo logistics project, Inland Empire Community News, 13 August 2019
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[5] Airport expansion must guarantee clearly-defined community benefits, THE SUN, 15 August 2019
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[6] San Bernardino Airport Communities
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[7] San Bernardino youth join millions around the world in Global Climate Strike, Inland Empire Community News, 24 September 2019
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[9] Kamala Harris backs environmental review of air cargo center pitched for San Bernardino airport, THE SUN, 11 October 2019
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[8] San Bernardino’s Climate Strike, Warehouse Worker Resource Center, 2 October 2019
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Community Group Wants Air Pollution Mitigation Before Airport Expansion, CBS Los Angeles, 6 August 2019
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KABC — Eastgate, Teamsters Local 1932, 7 August 2019
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Other documents

Public hearing on the air cargo facility Sign at public hearing on Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Center, August 2019. Photo by John Valenzuela. Source: THE SUN https://www.sbsun.com/2019/08/15/airport-expansion-must-guarantee-clearly-defined-community-benefits/
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Project site plan map Eastgate Air Cargo Facility project site plan showing distribution and office building, dock doors, aircraft parking apron, parking and operational support areas. Source: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: EASTGATE AIR CARGO FACILITY, Prepared by Environmental Science Associates, Inc., July 2019

http://www.sbiaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/1_Draft_SBD_Eastgate_Air_Cargo_EA_070120191.pdf
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Map showing diesel particulate pollution Satellite image of west San Bernardino shows extremely high levels of diesel particulate pollution (in red) near the BNSF railyard and highways leading to transit center. Source: Grist / EPA https://grist.org/article/san-bernardino-county-california-air-pollution-logistics-industry/
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Ericka Flores speaks to residents Ericka Flores of Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) speaks to residents from communities around San Bernardino International Airport, April 2019. Photo: Terry Person. Source: THE SUN https://www.sbsun.com/2019/04/18/san-bernardino-residents-raise-concerns-over-massive-air-cargo-logistics-center-bound-for-airport/
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Map of project site Map showing location of proposed Eastgate Air Cargo Facility. Source: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: EASTGATE AIR CARGO FACILITY, Prepared by Environmental Science Associates, Inc., July 2019

http://www.sbiaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/1_Draft_SBD_Eastgate_Air_Cargo_EA_070120191.pdf
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Church hall meeting Hundreds of residents attended a meeting in a church hall to hear community leaders speak against the new logistics center, May 2019. Source: Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-warehouse-subsidies-inland-empire-20190513-story.html
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Residents at FAA hearing Hundreds of residents contributed their comments at the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) hearing on the airport expansion project on 8th August 2019. Photo: Manny B Sandoval. Source: Inland Empire Community News http://iecn.com/hundreds-of-san-bernardino-residents-speak-out-at-faa-hearing-on-air-cargo-logistics-project-eastgate/
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San Bernardino joins Global Climate Strike Global Climate Strike in San Bernardino, 20th September 2019. Hundreds of youth and adults called on Hillwood and Amazon to agree to a community benefits agreement to prevent air pollution and guarantee good jobs. Photo: Teamsters 1932. Source: Inland Empire Community News http://iecn.com/san-bernardino-youth-join-millions-around-the-world-in-global-climate-strike/
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Climate strikers protest air pollution On 20th September 2019 hundreds of San Bernardino residents participated in the Global Climate Strike drawing attention to air pollution from excessive warehouse development. Source: Warehouse Worker Resource Center http://www.warehouseworkers.org/climate-strike-ie/
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Contributor:Rose Bridger, Stay Grounded, email: [email protected]
Last update01/11/2019
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