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Port Commission Approves Lease with Environmental Company for a Carbon Black Facility

The Redwood City Port Commission Wednesday (Feb. 26) approved a three-year lease with Boxer Industries, Inc., for a carbon black pilot production facility. Boxer Industries, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, develops innovative, cost effective, and environmentally sustainable technologies that convert abundant domestically produced natural gas resources into high value chemicals and materials for customers around the world.

Boxer's process, which utilizes natural gas instead of crude oil as a feedstock, is more efficient as well as significantly more environmentally friendly. This allows Boxer to capitalize on North America's abundant natural gas resources while reducing dependencies and demand for oil.

Carbon black is a material used in manufacturing nearly all black rubber and plastic. The pilot plant will be located at the Port  on Hinman Road adjacent to the Sims Metal Management facility.  The lease area is approximately 0.67 acres and was previously used by Manson Construction for office trailers and construction equipment used for the Wharves 1&2 project.

The plant is designed to produce 90 kilograms of carbon black per hour (190 tons per year) and will be placed in large bulk bags and stored in 20 foot or 40 foot containers prior to delivery by truck.  During the initial production period, carbon black will also be trucked to the site to mix with carbon black produced by the pilot plant.  The plant will be outdoors with the exception of the bag house, packaging, and storage of the carbon black.   There will also be a laboratory/office trailer installed on the site.  Approximately 3-4 employees will be at the pilot plant supported by 10-11 engineers located nearby in offices at Pacific Shores Center.

Carbon black is a widely used strengthening and conductive material in a variety of products, including plastics, tires, belts, hoses, toners and printing inks.

The Boxer Industries carbon black pilot plant is a "green" industrial research and development project that is compatible with other industrial uses at the Port.  It will be able to use the Port's industrial area, as well as its geographic location near centers of R&D and venture capital, to develop new green technology for industrial manufacturing. 

The Port Commission adopted a mitigated negative declaration and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP) at its meeting on November 27, 2013.  The MMRP identified several mitigation measures to reduce impacts of the project, specifically with regard to air quality from construction activities, geotechnical investigation and design criteria for seismic considerations and a soils management plan for current/past soil contamination. 

 


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