ARB Chair Discusses Clean Ship, Truck Measures
December 5, 2007
California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols visited the Port of Long Beach Wednesday for a news conference to discuss proposed statewide regulations aimed at cutting pollution from oceangoing ships and trucks that serve state seaports.
The proposed regulations, which are scheduled to go before the Air Resources Board for possible adoption Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7, call for certain ships to shut down their diesel auxiliary engines and use shore-based electrical power while at berth. The second proposed regulation is aimed at cleaning up emissions from the aging fleet of diesel trucks that serve the ports.
Nichols said the proposed regulations would cut pollution from those sources by as much as 50 percent in the next two years and by as much as 80 percent in the next 10-12 years.
At the Wednesday news conference, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach Harbor Commission President Mario Cordero, and Coalition for Clean Air Campaign Director Martin Schlageter spoke in support of the proposed regulations.
The Port of Long Beach, through the Green Port Policy and Clean Air Action Plan, is already developing shoreside power programs and has adopted regulations to phase out dirty trucks that serve the Port. The proposed regulations would apply to all ports in California.
For more details on the proposed regulations in the ARB's news release, click here. For the meeting agenda, click here.