Last update:

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


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. 

See more
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:Ports and airport projects
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
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:

See more
Project area:41
Level of Investment for the conflictive project200,000,000
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 -
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 -
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) -
Teamsters Local 1932 -
Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) -
Inland Empire Labor Council -
Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) -
Inland Empire Labor Council -
Warehouse Worker Resource Center -
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) -
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
Social movements
Trade unions
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
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
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Proposal and 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
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

[10] DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: EASTGATE AIR CARGO FACILITY, Prepared by Environmental Science Associates, Inc., July 2019
[click to view]

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: EASTGATE AIR CARGO FACILITY, Prepared by Environmental Science Associates, Inc., July 2019
[click to view]

[1] Family Matters, Grist, 29 May 2019
[click to view]

[2] San Bernardino residents raise concerns over massive air cargo logistics center bound for airport, THE SUN, 19 April 2019
[click to view]

[3] Battles erupt over warehouse jobs as the Legislature moves to curb subsidies, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2019
[click to view]

[4] Hundreds of San Bernardino residents speak out at FAA hearing on Eastgate air-cargo logistics project, Inland Empire Community News, 13 August 2019
[click to view]

[5] Airport expansion must guarantee clearly-defined community benefits, THE SUN, 15 August 2019
[click to view]

[6] San Bernardino Airport Communities
[click to view]

[7] San Bernardino youth join millions around the world in Global Climate Strike, Inland Empire Community News, 24 September 2019
[click to view]

[8] San Bernardino’s Climate Strike, Warehouse Worker Resource Center, 2 October 2019
[click to view]

[9] Kamala Harris backs environmental review of air cargo center pitched for San Bernardino airport, THE SUN, 11 October 2019
[click to view]

Sign at public hearing on Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Center, August 2019. Photo by John Valenzuela. Source: THE SUN
[click to view]

Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Community Group Wants Air Pollution Mitigation Before Airport Expansion, CBS Los Angeles, 6 August 2019
[click to view]

KABC — Eastgate, Teamsters Local 1932, 7 August 2019
[click to view]

Meta information
Contributor:Rose Bridger, Stay Grounded, email: [email protected]
Last update01/11/2019
Conflict ID:4768
Legal notice / Aviso legal
We use cookies for statistical purposes and to improve our services. By clicking "Accept cookies" you consent to place cookies when visiting the website. For more information, and to find out how to change the configuration of cookies, please read our cookie policy. Utilizamos cookies para realizar el análisis de la navegación de los usuarios y mejorar nuestros servicios. Al pulsar "Accept cookies" consiente dichas cookies. Puede obtener más información, o bien conocer cómo cambiar la configuración, pulsando en más información.