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Port of Long Beach surpasses air pollution reduction milestones set for 2014

From the Long Beach Post:

An annual study of port-related air pollution emissions found that the Port of Long Beach (POLB) surpassed each and every air pollution reduction standard set for 2014 by the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).

Specifically, the port announced, the study found that the POLB cut diesel […]


New drayage trucking company to hire drivers as employees and promote ‘labor peace’ at ports

From the Long Beach Post:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, port truck drivers, business and labor leaders and environmental groups announced Monday the formation of Eco Flow Transportation, a company that will hire all drivers as employees instead of independent contractors and focus on improving air quality through the Port of Los Angeles and Port […]


Port, Mayor Villaraigosa honored for Clean Trucks Program efforts

The Port of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were honored Thursday night for their efforts in implementing the Clean Trucks Program.

The nonprofit Coalition for Clean Air presented them with the California Air Quality Award for “clean air stewardship,” port officials said.

The $1.6 billion Clean Trucks Program required all big rigs entering the […]


U.S. Senate bill would allow other ports to mimic L.A.’s Clean Trucks Program

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in September tossed out the Port of Los Angeles’ mandate, which would have forced freight haulers to hire their drivers as employees. The neighboring Port of Long Beach enacted a version of the Clean Trucks Program that did not include the employee mandate.

A New York senator […]


Port of Los Angeles will not challenge appeals court ruling on Clean Trucks Program

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 27 ruled that the port cannot force freight-hauling companies to directly hire drivers as employees.

The Port of Los Angeles will not challenge a federal appeals court ruling that tossed out the controversial employee mandate portion of the Clean Trucks Program, officials announced Thursday.

The […]


Judge Tosses Long Beach Clean-Trucks Settlement

A federal judge threw a new twist into the battle over clean-trucks programs at Southern California ports, ruling the Port of Long Beach violated state law by reaching a settlement with the trucking industry without first performing an environmental impact study.

U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder’s ruling Monday says the Oct. 19, 2009, […]


ILWU Local 19 lauds Port of Seattle’s award-winning clean air programs

Port of Seattle environmental programs take top honors among nation’s ports

Seattle's Port Commission President Bill Bryant has earned the support of labor and clean air advocates and said, "The Port of Seattle is committed to protecting our environment while generating thousands of family-wage jobs."

The American Association of Port Authorities named two […]


Port of Long Beach budget reflects infrastructure projects

Gerald Desmond Bridge

With replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge scheduled to begin later this year, the Harbor Department has proposed a Fiscal Year 2012 budget topping $830 million, up 27 percent from the current fiscal year.

The $172-million increase is almost entirely tied to long-term infrastructure projects that include the bridge and modernization […]


Port of L.A. asks Swift, other carriers for Clean Truck cash refund

The Port of Los Angeles distributed $44 million in incentive checks as part of its Clean Truck Program by 2009 to pay for new trucks that meet 2007 emissions rules. Now, the port is asking for refunds after several megacarriers didn’t hold up their end of the deal.

The port has identified six companies that […]


Key Pollution Levels Decline at Port of Los Angeles

Data from four air-quality monitoring stations in and around the Port of Los Angeles show concentrations of elemental carbon, a pollutant targeted in the port’s clean-air efforts, declined for the fourth straight year in 2010.

Elemental carbon, an air contaminant, is an indicator of diesel particulate matter, which is the soot produced by the combustion […]


Appeals court to hear arguments on Clean Trucks Program

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled June 10 to hear oral arguments surrounding controversial aspects of the Port of Los Angeles’ version of the Clean Trucks Program.

At stake is whether the Port of Los Angeles should be allowed to limit the types of truckers allowed to haul goods into its terminals.