U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson toured the Port of Long Beach on Thursday to see firsthand the Port’s industry-leading efforts to clean the air and harbor while building the port of the future.
Jackson, a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, boarded a port pilot boat -- retrofitted with EPA grant-funded low-emission engines -- to view the world’s first hybrid tugboats and the world’s first plug-in berth for oil tankers.
Jackson met with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Harbor Commissioners Doug Drummond and Rich Dines.
“The Port of Long Beach and the EPA have a great working relationship,” Harbor Commissioner 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.”
As the brief harbor excursion neared the billion-dollar Middle Harbor redevelopment project, and as port officials explained continuing efforts to protect the aquatic habitat, the tour group was joined by a playful pod of dolphins.
The tour Thursday 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-emission big-rig truck built thanks to funding from the Port’s Technology Advancement Program.
For more information on the Port’s environmental efforts, go to www.polb.com/environment.