The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners recently gave approval for the Port of Los Angeles to replace 57 older yard tractors with newer tractors as part of the port’s Air Quality Mitigation Incentive Program. The total cost for APM Terminals on Pier 400 to replace the yard tractors is about $3 million.
The $185,000 grant from the port allowed APM to upgrade the tractors purchased to the reduced-emissions version, which will eliminate 15 tons of particulate matter and 465 tons of nitrogen oxide from the air over the seven-year life of the project.
As part of a 2003 stipulated judgment, the port created a five-year, $20 million Air Quality Mitigation Program that provides financial incentives to harbor-area businesses that find ways to reduce air emissions in their operations. To date, $2.3 million in awards have been approved and funded by the Board of Harbor Commissioners. An additional $2.2 million in project proposals are being finalized for board approval.