Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach delay ‘clean truck’ fees

| Thursday, November 13, 2008

Port of entry stops along the U.S.-Mexico border are being expanded, and the latest $190 million expansion is being built in the name of clean air.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission have moved forward with a $10.7 million loan to the Mexican Ministry of Communication and Transportation. The loan will be spent on building the San Luis Rio Colorado International Crossing, including a 1,300 foot vehicle crossing, parking lots, toll booths and other facilities.

The current port of entry in San Luis will be converted for use by non-commercial traffic.

U.S. DOT recently concluded that northbound traffic into the U.S. waits an average of 1.8 hours per commercial vehicle, resulting in “substantial air pollutant emission from idled diesel engines,” the Business Journal reported.

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