13980 SEAL BEACH BOULEVARD PROJECT/HYDROGEN FUELING STATION

INITIAL STUDY AND MITIGATED NEGATIVE IMPACT REPORT (IS/MND)

13980 SEAL BEACH BOULEVARD (POSTED 3/2/21)

An application for Conditional Use Permit (CUP 20-4) has been submitted to the City of Seal Beach. The proposed project consists of the installation of a new hydrogen fueling facility at an existing gasoline station and convenience store. The proposed hydrogen fueling station would be similar in construction and appearance to the existing gasoline fueling stations and would provide two new hydrogen fuel dispensers. The existing convenience store, fueling bays canopy, and associated gasoline fueling equipment would remain on site, as would the auto service and repair station attached to the convenience store. In addition, an approximately 1,010-square-foot hydrogen equipment enclosure would be constructed in the northern portion of the project site. The enclosure would be a four-sided wall/fence structure without a roof. The enclosure would be of decorative CMU construction and include steel screening fence along with steel doors or gates to restrict access. Hydrogen equipment in the enclosure would include two hydrogen station modules for gas compression, hydrogen gas storage vessels, and a delivery manifold for off-loading fuel deliveries. Underground fuel pipelines would be installed to carry the hydrogen to two dispenser pumps, which would be installed west of the existing fueling stations.

The City, as Lead Agency under CEQA, prepared an Initial Study of environmental impacts of the Project. Based on the findings of the Initial Study, the City has determined that the Project could result in potentially significant effects, but the Project Applicant will incorporate mitigation measures that would avoid or mitigate effects to a point where no significant environmental impacts will occur. Mitigation has been included to address aesthetics, air quality, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards, land use and planning, hazards and hazardous materials, noise, transportation, and tribal cultural resources.

The City of Seal Beach proposes to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the above-cited Project. The Mitigated Negative Declaration is based on the finding that, with the above-referenced mitigation measures, the project will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment. Copies of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and supporting materials are available for review at the following locations during the Public Comment Period (February 26, 2021 through March 29, 2021):

  1. City of Seal Beach Development Services Dept., 211 Eighth Street, Seal Beach, California 90740.
  2. City of Seal Beach website: https://www.sealbeachca.gov
  3. Or by clicking on the link below:
    Seal Beach Hydrogen Fuel ISMND (PDF)

Written comments on the MND must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2021 to:

Marco Cuevas Jr., Assistant Planner
211 Eighth Street
Community Development Department
Seal Beach, CA 90740
mcuevas@sealbeachca.gov
(562) 431-2527, ext. 1324

Public Meetings: Two public meetings are currently scheduled regarding the Project. A Seal Beach Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 24, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. and a Seal Beach Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to consider the Mitigated Negative Declaration and proposed project at its regular Planning Commission meeting on April 5, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. Due to the need for social distancing and the prohibition on public gatherings in the Amended Order and Guidance of the Orange County Health Officer issued March 18, 2020, all participation in the above-referenced Environmental Quality Control Board meeting and Planning Commission meeting will be by videoconference for the Members of the EQCB board and Planning Commission, staff, and project applicants. Because of the unique nature of the emergency there will NOT be a physical meeting location and all public participation will be electronic. To confirm the date and time of the meetings and for additional information concerning the proposed project, please check the City’s website: https://www.sealbeachca.gov.

490 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (GAS STATION WITH CONVENIENCE STORE)

INITIAL STUDY AND MITIGATED NEGATIVE IMPACT REPORT (IS/MND)

490 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY (GAS STATION WITH CONVENIENCE STORE) (POSTED 11/23/2020)

An application has been submitted to construct a new gas station with a convenience store on a 26,793 square foot parcel (or a .62 acres site). The proposed gas station will involve the installation of 16 gas pump dispensers and the construction of an approximately 2,400 square foot convenience store. The site was previously a gas station that was demolished in 2011. The site has been an active environmental remediation area (with operating groundwater and soil vaper recovery systems) since 1986to remove leaked gasoline from the previous gas station. Variance application VAR 18-2 has also been submitted as the site does not meet the minimum frontage on a public street of 150 feet along the south property line. The project site is included on the list of Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites from the State Water Board’s Geo Tracker database but not on the hazardous materials facilities, hazardous waste properties, or hazardous waste disposal sites enumerated under Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code (Cortese List).

The City of Seal Beach proposes to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the above-cited Project. The Mitigated Negative Declaration is based on the finding that, with the above-referenced mitigation measures, the project will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment. The 30-day public comment period for this item concluded on December 23, 2020. However, the project is still under review. Additional opportunity to comment on the proposed project is identified below. The environmental documents can be viewed via the following links:

490 Pacific Coast Highway Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
490 PCH Mitigation Monitoring Program

Public Meetings: The Seal Beach Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) considered this item during their December 9, 2020 meeting. The video from this meeting can be viewed here.

The Seal Beach Planning Commission is to consider the project next. However, a meeting date has yet to be scheduled at this time.

For questions or inquiries regarding this project, please contact:

Alexa Smittle, Community Development Director
211 Eighth Street
Community Development Department
Seal Beach, CA 90740
asmittle@sealbeachca.gov
(562) 431-2527, ext. 1313

HELLMAN RANCH GAS PLANT INITIAL STUDY AND MITIGATED NEGATIVE IMPACT REPORT (IS/MND)

HELLMAN RANCH GAS PLANT (POSTED 9/11/2020)

An application has been submitted to construct a new gas plant on a 16,117 square foot, “puzzle-shaped” parcel (or a .37 acres site) on the Hellman Ranch property. The proposed gas plant will involve the construction of approximately 12 pieces of equipment including but not limited to compressors, transformers and tanks of various sizes. The Project will be located near existing equipment similarly used for oil and gas production facilities, and is located on one of several parcels, totaling approximately 57 acres, that is owned by Hellman Properties, and upon which oil and gas production facilities are currently operated. The project site is not included on the list of hazardous materials facilities, hazardous waste properties, or hazardous waste disposal sites enumerated under Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code (Cortese List).

The City of Seal Beach proposes to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the above-cited Project. The Mitigated Negative Declaration is based on the finding that, with the above-referenced mitigation measures, the project will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment. The 30-day public comment period for the environmental documents has concluded. However, the documents can still be viewed below:

Hellman Gas Plant Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative
Appendix B - Project Description
Appendix C - Air Emission Report
Appendix D - Cultural Resources Assessment Report
Appendix E - Hazards Report
Appendix F - Noise Report
Appendix G - Geotechnical Investigation Report
Appendix H - Preliminary Fire Protection Plan

Public Meetings: The Seal Beach Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) met regarding this matter on September 23, 2020. You can view the meeting information by clicking here. Following the EQCB meeting and closing of the 30-day public comment period, the applicant requested additional time to consider comments received. As a result, the processing of the entitlement application and associated environmental document is currently on hold.

For questions or inquiries regarding this project, please contact:

Alexa Smittle, Community Development Director
211 Eighth Street
Community Development Department
Seal Beach, CA 90740
asmittle@sealbeachca.gov
(562) 431-2527, ext. 1313