New CARB plan expected to drastically reduce port emissions

| 4/28/2006

The California Air Resources Board has approved a plan that is expected to dramatically reduce emissions associated with the movement of goods at the state’s port systems.

The plan calls for reducing emissions 20 percent to 40 percent less than 2001 levels by 2010. It is also designed to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide by 63 percent and sulfur oxide by 78 percent during the same time period.

According to Karen Caesar, a spokeswoman for CARB, pollution will be reduced by utilizing a variety of tools, including regulations by CARB, incentive programs, actions initiated by federal, local and regional government agencies, and individual efforts by goods movement industries.

One of the key elements of the program will be fleet modernization, which will be achieved through the installation of diesel particulate filters, oxidation catalysts and nitrous oxide reduction technology.

The program will also focus on the replacement of older higher-emitting engines with newer engines. Both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach already offer incentive programs for retrofitting or replacing existing trucks.

“California is fortunate to have a thriving economy and to serve as a national gateway for goods movement,” CARB Chairman Robert Sawyer said in a written statement. “However, we also need to address the problems that accompany this growth.”

CARB staff estimates the cost of the emissions reduction plan to be $6 billion to $10 billion during the next 15 years.