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ARB Chairman applauds decision to clean air pollution, reduce health risks at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
SACRAMENTO - Today, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board Mary D. Nichols applauded the Los Angeles and Long Beach Boards of Harbor Commissioners on their unanimous joint adoption of the 2010 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update.
The Update adds aggressive new goals and strategies for reducing diesel air pollution and health risks from the freight transportation industry serving the two busiest container ports in North America. Port-related activity impacts surrounding neighborhoods and inland communities near rail and warehousing operations.
“We are pleased to again recognize the environmental leadership of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. Today, the Boards of Harbor Commissioners continued to embrace responsibility for the impacts of port air pollution by setting far-reaching baywide standards to protect the health of residents living in the surrounding neighborhoods, communities and transportation corridors. The 2010 Update builds on the success of the Clean Trucks Program to develop and deploy low-emission technology for the locomotives and ships that dominate the health risk. The ports’ actions over the next decade will help us implement regional plans to clean up California’s air, and their decision today fully supports ARB’s commitment to address air pollution in the state’s most highly impacted communities.”
ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.