Port of Long Beach says it’s already meeting clean air goals

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The Port of Long Beach announced Monday, July 27, that 52 percent of its container cargo was trucked by 2007 or newer vehicles for the week endling July 21 — already meeting the 2012 deadline required under the port’s Clean Trucks Program. The port says the newer trucks emit 80 percent fewer air pollutants than older trucks.

Under the port’s CTP, air pollution from harbor trucks is to be reduced by more than 80 percent by 2012. Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, 1988 and older trucks were banned. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, 1993 and older trucks will be banned, and 1994-2003 trucks will need to be retrofitted or replaced. The program progressively bans all trucks that don’t meet 2007 emissions standards by 2012.

To finance truck replacement, the port is collecting a fee on loaded containers — $35 per loaded 20-foot equivalent unit and smaller, and $70 for larger containers).