ARB celebrates launch of landmark clean trucks program with
Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach
Long Beach– The Air Resources Board today joined forces with the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angelesto celebrate the opening of a and invite truckers to apply Clean Trucks Center
for funds to replace their dirty diesel vehicles with new clean models.
“This is a great example of a collaborative partnership that will protect public health and pump new dollars into the local economy,” Governor Schwarzenegger said. “I commend the Air
Resources Board and the Ports for working together to develop practical solutions that will clean up our air—helping us meet our environmental goals while growing the economy.”
Ninety-eight million dollars comes from Proposition 1B, the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act initiated by Gov. Schwarzenegger and passed by
voters in November 2006. It is the single largest Prop 1B air quality grant this year, and is designated solely to facilitate cleanup of trucks that serve
Los Angelesand , which Long Beach
together form the nation’s busiest port.
The grant is part of approximately $250 million in Proposition 1B funds which have been distributed by ARB to fund air quality improvement projects throughout the state. For the
2007-08 fiscal year, ARB has already allocated $135.8 million to the Los Angeles/Inland Empire Region, $61.8 million to the
Central Valley, $34.5 million to the Bay Area, and $14.5 million
to the San Diego/Border Region.
The $98 million dollars is ARB’s first installment of Prop 1B funds for port vehicles, and is leveraging $145 million from the Ports to help truckers who frequently service the area acquire
clean diesel or liquefied natural gas (LNG) models with far lower emissions. The program is expected to greatly aid in compliance with ARB’s drayage truck regulation, adopted in
December 2007, which requires modernization of the port truck fleet.
“These funds will go a long way toward making the air safer for residents near ports, rail yards and inland distribution centers,” said ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene. “We are
proud to be a part of this effort, and praise the ports for their leadership and determination to make this program work.”
Truckers may obtain their applications online and may apply for either a straight $50,000 dollar grant or a lease-to-own plan that requires no cash down and monthly payments starting
at $300-400. The process is competitive to ensure that the oldest, highest polluting vehicles are removed first. For more information, truck owners and licensed motor carriers can visit
Clean Trucks Centeron or call 1-888-KLN-TRUX (1-888-556-8789). They can also visit the Ports' websites at: Terminal Island : www.polb.com/cleantrucks. Portof Long Beach : www.portoflosangeles.org/environment/ctp.asp Portof LA
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Diesel soot was identified as a toxic air contaminant in 1998. Pollution from goods movement, which has a significant diesel component, contributed to 3700 premature deaths
statewide and 2000 premature deaths in the
region (2005). South Coast