EPA Administrator Jackson tours California ports

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson toured the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles last week to see firsthand the ports’ efforts to clean the air and harbor while building the port of the future. Jackson boarded a port pilot boat retrofitted with EPA grant-funded low-emissions engines to view the world’s first hybrid tugboats and the world’s first plug-in berth for oil tankers.

“The Port of Long Beach and the EPA have a great working relationship,” Harbor Commissioner Doug Drummond said in welcoming Jackson to the port. “And we thank the EPA for being a great partner in our efforts to reduce impacts from port operations on the environment.”

The tour provided Jackson with an opportunity to see a locomotive from the nation’s cleanest short-line railroad. She also climbed into the cab of a cutting-edge zero-emissions big-rig truck built thanks to funding from the port’s Technology Advancement Program.