Leaders of port emissions program meet; proposed rule expected by July

| Friday, April 20, 2007

Port officials in Los Angeles and Long Beach met last week for the first of several input-gathering sessions aimed at replacing the oldest of an estimated 16,000 heavy trucks that work at the two ports.

The Clean Trucks Program is part of the Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan that the adjacently located Long Beach and Los Angeles ports adopted in November 2006 to reduce port-related air pollution by at least 45 percent in five years. A press release said that an April 12 meeting of port leaders and industry stakeholders kicked off “the boldest air quality initiative by any seaport.”

The release said the program will subsidize retrofitting of some trucks with port-sponsored grants.

The Clean Trucks Program is expected to be presented to harbor commissions for both ports before July, and the program would be implemented by January 2008, a harbor spokesman told Land Line.

According to a news release, older trucks that pollute more would be required to pay a “truck impact gate fee.”

“Year by year, the oldest trucks would be barred from the ports until only trucks meeting the CAAP ‘clean truck’ standard would be permitted to work in the ports,” the release stated.

The ports recognize 2007 models or newer trucks or 1994 trucks that have been retrofitted as being “clean trucks.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer