A public meeting will be held Tuesday, August 18th to discuss the project-level draft environmental impact report (EIR) that has been prepared for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Central Utility Plant Replacement Project.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flight Path Learning Center (Imperial Terminal), 6661 West Imperial Highway, Playa del Rey.

The proposed project provides for replacement of the existing Central Utility Plant (CUP) and associated infrastructure and facilities at LAX. The existing CUP provides heating and air conditioning to the LAX Central Terminal Area and includes a co-generation facility that uses steam from the boiler system to drive an electricity generator. The resulting power is sold back to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP).

The existing CUP, constructed in 1961, and the co-generation facility, brought into service in 1985, are considered obsolete and inefficient relative to present-day technology, an airport spokesperson said. They require substantial maintenance and do not meet the airport’s current needs, the spokesperson said.

The CUP Replacement Project will include replacement of the existing cooling towers, construction of an underground thermal energy storage tank at the site of the existing CUP, electrical upgrades to include a new electrical substation and a retro-fit of the existing DWP substation.

The project will also install new fire management and fire safety systems and replace the chilled water and hot water service lines in the Central Terminal Area. In addition, the project includes the potential installation of a recycled-reclaimed water pipeline and treatment system and the potential use of bio-gas from the Hyperion Treatment Plant to augment the natural gas system. Construction of the new CUP is expected to take approximately four years to complete.

Copies of the draft EIR are available for review at the Westchester-Loyola Village Branch, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester, and other local libraries.

The draft EIR is also available online at www.ourlax.org/, or it can also be purchased through Printco Graphics, Inc., by calling (323) 727-6868 or by e-mail at ron@printcola.com/.

Any comments on the draft EIR should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. Monday, September 14th, to: Lisa Dugas, Los Angeles World Airports, 7301 World Way West, Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045-5803, or via e-mail to laxcentralutilitiesplant @lawa.org/.