Hold the port: Commission launches another clean truck investigation

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 9/26/2008

A low-profile federal shipping commission may yet slow down the enactment of new “clean truck” requirements at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Officials with the Federal Maritime Commission announced Wednesday, Sept. 24, they are opening another investigation into the activities of the twin ports.

“The commission appreciates the potential environmental and public health benefits under the Ports’ Clean Truck Program; however, certain aspects of the Ports’ CTPs may violate the Shipping Act (of 1984). Accordingly, the investigation initiated today is tailored to focus on those elements of the CTP that cause the greatest concerns under the Shipping Act,” according to the Maritime Commission’s statement.

The maritime commission officials said they are still reviewing a different portion of the clean trucks program as it relates to the Shipping Act.

The Clean Truck Program at both ports would be phased in, with the first phase banning pre-1989 diesel engines on Wednesday, Oct. 1, and all trucks that don’t meet 2007 model year emissions standards by 2012.

All elements of the plan, in addition to the federally required TWIC card, will be implemented on Oct. 1, said Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.

“Our No. 1 goal is to keep commerce flowing while we implement the Clean Truck Program, and we are confident that we will meet this goal,” Knatz said in a statement issued by the port.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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