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Published Jan. 17, 2023
Expiration date: 2/6/2023

NAME OF APPLICANT:  Port of Greater Baton Rouge c/o Elliot Boudreaux of CSRS, Inc., 8555 United Plaza Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70809.            

LOCATION OF WORK:  Along North Line Road adjacent to the GIWW in Section 12, Township 7 South, Range 12 East, in Port Allen, Louisiana, in West Baton Rouge Parish, within the Terrebonne Basin in hydrologic unit (HUC 08070300), as shown on the attached drawings (Latitude 30.435906 N, Longitude -91.233642 W).

CHARACTER OF WORK: The applicant has requested Department of the Army authorization to clear, grade, and deposit fill and/or aggregate material to construct and maintain an expansion to a rail chambering yard at the Port of Baton Rouge to include three (3) staging tracks with a total rail car capacity of 375 cars, four (4) loading and unloading tracks with a total capacity of 132 cars, and an emergency vehicular turnaround (roadway). The chambering yard will tie into an existing Union Pacific line located adjacent to Louisiana Highway.  Approximately 1,616 cubic yards of earthen fill material and approx. 5,394 cubic yards of crushed limestone would be hauled in and deposited to achieve required grade elevation requirements.  The proposed project is situated on a 95-acre tract and would impact approximately 3.3 acres of forested wetlands and approx. 1,150 linear feet of waters of the U.S.  This project abuts the proposed Gron Fuels Plant which is being evaluated for a separate authorization (MVN-2021-00678-CG).

The applicant proposes to avoid additional direct impacts and minimize secondary impacts to the maximum extent practicable by limiting the construction activity to the designated construction areas onsite and utilizing existing parking lots, staging areas and lay down yards during construction, placing silt fencing and rip rap during construction as erosion control measures, and disposing of all removed vegetation on-site as chipped mulch.

If authorized, the project will receive approval from all appropriate local drainage authorities. As compensation for unavoidable wetland impacts, the applicant proposes to use a Corps approved mitigation bank within the watershed of impact