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Port Commission terminates lease with battery material project

Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | Views: 4223

Port Commission terminates lease with battery material project
PONCHATOULA---The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission has passed a resolution canceling their lease with Associated Terminals, the Reserve company that planned to operate a battery anode material project at Manchac.

Commissioners overwhelming approved the measure, reversing a previous agreement that would have allowed Syrah Resources to lease 30,000 square feet of Building 2 and an adjacent parcel of approximately three acres of “ lay-down area” at the Port for its BAM project.

The resolution passed by the Port Commission on Tuesday cited “the potential adverse impact to the environment” as well as “diminishing the usefulness of the leased premises” and the “public and private nuisance created by the anticipated operation of the project.”

Approximately 100 people were on hand for Tuesday’s meeting in a standing-room only capacity at Ponchatoula City Hall. This marks the second time the Commission had to move their meeting to City Hall in anticipation of yet another extraordinarily large turnout for the midday meeting.

The termination of the lease closes any talk of Syrah opening their facility at Port Manchac, commissioners said.

In other news, the Port elected banker Daryl Ferrara as its new chairman. Longtime Port Commissioner Don Boihem is outgoing chair of the group. Ferrara indicated he wants to keep an open dialogue with residents to hear their ideas and recommendations for the Port.