The Natural Resource Defense Council recently reported that merely a year after the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach put into effect their Clean Truck Program (CTP), significant progression towards improving regional air quality in the Los Angeles area has already been made. The CTP, specifically targeting the reduction of emissions from port related trucks, will put into action the following bans:
- October 1, 2008: All pre-1989 trucks were banned from entering the Port
- January 1, 2010: 1989-1993 trucks will be banned, in addition to 1994-2003 trucks that have not been retrofitted
- January 1, 2012: All trucks that do not meet the 2007 Federal Clean Truck Emissions Standards will be banned from the Port
A huge success so far the CTP, since the October 1, 2008 ban, has removed roughly 1,500 to 2,000 polluting trucks from the Ports and as a result have reduced emissions by an estimated 70%, placing the Clean Truck Program well ahead of its goal of 80% emissions reduction by 2012. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who championed the Clean Tech Los Angeles initiative, claims “Cleaning the air around the Port has been one of my highest priorities, and I am extremely pleased that the Clean Truck Program has given that effort such a boost in its first year”.
Mike Flynn, Co-Founder of Opportunity Green, had the opportunity to meet with Los Angeles City policymakers, including those from the Mayor’s office. “I would like to acknowledge Sean Arian for his dedication and accomplishment in making this Port truck project a reality. Sean and everyone in the Office of the Mayor have been so supportive of bolstering clean tech in Los Angeles, and I want to particularly recognize Sean Arian for his efforts in making the Los Angeles Port electric Clean Truck Program a phenomenal success,” says Flynn.
The Clean Truck Program is central part of the larger San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which seeks to reduce health risks that arise from air pollution caused by the combined emissions of port trucks, ships, trains, and harbor craft.
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