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11/24/2010



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L.A., Long Beach ports update 'clean air' action plan


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On Monday, harbor commissioners from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., unanimously approved a new version of San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

Enacted in 2006, the original plan instituted a wide range of air pollution-reducing measures for trains, ships, trucks and other heavy machinery used to move freight in and around the ports. The updated plan sets more aggressive goals for reducing emissions during the next decade.

For example, the new plan sets goals and standards to “prompt railroads to bring their newest and cleanest locomotives to local near-dock rail yards and to the ports,” L.A. and Long Beach port officials said in a joint statement.

In addition, the ports plan to work with ocean carriers to bring their newest, less-polluting ships to the San Pedro Bay port complex and determine optimal retrofits for ship engines.


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