Environmental groups sue Port of Long Beach, ATA

| 1/6/2010

Two environmental groups have filed a civil lawsuit against the Port of Long Beach and the American Trucking Associations.

The Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit last week challenging what they termed a “backroom agreement” between the ATA and the Long Beach Harbor Commission. The suit claims that ATA has “veto power” before Long Beach makes changes to its Clean Truck Program.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have banned trucks that don’t meet 1994 model year truck emissions standards. The Los Angeles drayage ban also attempts to require all drivers to be employees.

A separate lawsuit filed by ATA seeks to overturn portions of the Los Angeles port’s Clean Truck Program.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer