The California Air
Resources Board is taking a hard look at pollution caused by the state’s ports
and railroads, the agency announced recently.
Part of the focus on
ports will include the emissions from diesel trucks that service the port
terminals. The reports are the latest round in a decade-long plan by CARB,
started in 2000, to cut all diesel emissions by 75 percent within 10 years.
CARB announced the
information Feb. 24 after it received two staff reports that focused on
emissions from the state’s railroads and seaports.
ports and railroads are gaining more attention as we clean up other pollution
sources,” Barbara Riordan, acting chairwoman of CARB, said in a statement.
“Already, port-related emissions are nearly 25 percent of all diesel
particulate matter air pollution generated in L.A.”
According to CARB’s
research, emissions from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be
greater than all emissions from diesel trucks and gasoline-powered vehicles in
the entire state combined by the year 2020 unless those emissions are reduced.
The CARB plan
includes several proposed regulations that are designed to cut emissions from
oceangoing ships and harbor craft, as well as diesel-powered trucks and loading
equipment that service them, according to a news release from the agency.
said, “California has limited abilities to control pollution from planes,
trains and ships – to be successful, we need help from the federal government
as well as from international regulatory agencies.”
Meanwhile, not all
efforts are focused on trucks or ports. The agency is also taking a hard look
at railroads, which it says contribute almost 200 tons per day of ozone-forming
compounds and NOx emissions statewide.
Another part of the
CARB plan would require locomotives that operate only in California to use the
same diesel fuel as on-the-road trucks. The agency is also trying to get
railroads to use only the locomotives that produce the least pollution are used
within the state.