• A gantry crane's boom rests in the down position on Pier 3 at Military Ocean Terminal Concord March 3, 2013 in Concord, Calif. Pier 2 has been inoperable for the past five years and is a key component for MOTCO, which represents nearly 25 percent of the nation's total ammunition shipping capability. The Department of the Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District have been developing three viable scenarios for Pier 2 and/or Pier 3 modernizations - all of which would allow MOTCO to meet its mission safely and efficiently. The district is gathering public input to determine the best approach to modernize the piers, and hopes to outline that plan in the final environmental impact statement expected fall 2014 with possible construction tentatively scheduled in 2016. Photo cropped for emphasis.

    Pier 3 at Military Ocean Terminal Concord

    A gantry crane's boom rests in the down position on Pier 3 at Military Ocean Terminal Concord March 3, 2013 in Concord, Calif. Pier 2 has been inoperable for the past five years and is a key component for MOTCO, which represents nearly 25 percent of...

  • An aerial image shows the Military Ocean Terminal Concord piers in Concord, Calif. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and the Department of the Army are developing plans to safely modernize Pier 2 and/or Pier 3 on MOTCO. Pier 2 has been inoperable for the past five years and is a key component for the terminal, which represents nearly 25 percent of the nation's total ammunition shipping capability. The district is gathering public input to determine the best approach to modernize the piers, and hopes to outline that plan in the final environmental impact statement expected fall 2014 with possible construction tentatively scheduled in 2016.

    aerial image shows the Military Ocean Terminal Concord piers

    An aerial image shows the Military Ocean Terminal Concord piers in Concord, Calif. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and the Department of the Army are developing plans to safely modernize Pier 2 and/or Pier 3 on MOTCO. Pier 2 has...

  • Pete Broderick (left), project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, points out Pier 2 during a public meeting April 25, 2013 in Concord, Calif. to Lt. Col. Braden LeMaster the district's deputy commander. Military Ocean Terminal Concord's Pier 2 has been inoperable for the past five years and is a key component for MOTCO, which represents nearly 25 percent of the nation's total ammunition shipping capability. The Department of the Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District have been developing three viable scenarios for Pier 2 and/or Pier 3 modernizations - all of which would allow MOTCO to meet its mission safely and efficiently. The district is gathering public input to determine the best approach to modernize the piers, and hopes to outline that plan in the final environmental impact statement expected fall 2014 with possible construction tentatively scheduled in 2016.

    Public meeting for Military Ocean Terminal Concord

    Pete Broderick (left), project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, points out Pier 2 during a public meeting April 25, 2013 in Concord, Calif. to Lt. Col. Braden LeMaster the district's deputy commander. Military Ocean...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 26, 2013) - Since 1942, the Military Ocean Terminal Concord -- or MOTCO -- has been a vital ammunition distribution center in support of the deploying forces during the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars.

But this facility in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area has not been able to efficiently carry out its mission for a long time, especially with only one of its three piers being partially operable the last five years.

That's why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District shared the plan to safely modernize the terminal and address environmental concerns during a public meeting held April 24, 2013, at nearby Concord High School.

"The environmental impact statement the Department of the Army has been developing with us covers three viable scenarios for pier modernization - all of which would allow MOTCO to meet its mission safely and efficiently," said Pete Broderick who is managing the project for the Corps.

The draft EIS will build off of information compiled by existing environmental programs to safely meet operational, facilities management, land use, and natural and cultural resources management objectives. Federal, state, tribal and local agencies, organizations, and the public were invited to the meeting to comment on the draft, and non-attendees can still submit comments until June 4.

"If these piers aren't modernized, we will lose function for MOTCO, which represents nearly 25 percent of the nation's total ammunition shipping capability," said Guy Romine, program manager for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the agency operating the port.

Broderick and his team will use public input to determine the best approach to modernize the piers, and hope to outline that plan in the final EIS expected in fall 2014 with possible construction tentatively scheduled in 2016.

According to Broderick, the longer we wait, the worse the situation gets.

"With all the hands in the till, this will take a herculean effort to coordinate the completion of this EIS," said Broderick. "So far, we're meeting our challenges."

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