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ARB announces $200 million to clean the state's busiest trade corridors
Money targeted to reduce diesel emissions from trucks, locomotives, harborcraft
SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board awarded $200 million in Proposition 1B funds to cut harmful emissions from heavy-duty trucks and other sources in the state’s four busiest trade corridors to clean up air pollution and protect community health.
The Los Angeles/Inland Empire, Central Valley, Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions received the funds from the Proposition 1B, approved by voters in 2006. Previous Proposition 1B funds in 2008 provided $246 million to local agencies putting more than 5,000 cleaner trucks on the state’s roads.
"This money will help put cleaner trucks on our roads, cleaner locomotives in our railyards and cleaner harborcraft in our ports," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Thanks to these funds California communities located in busy freight transport areas will see the public health payoff much sooner and our children will be exposed to fewer toxic emissions from older, dirty diesel equipment."
The trade corridors to receive funding are:
• $110 million for Los Angeles/Inland Empire;
• $55.5 million for Central Valley; and,
• $31 million for the Bay Area and San Diego/Border regions.
The recommended distribution of the $200 million among the four trade corridors is based on program guidelines adopted in March. The money will be used to reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks, locomotives and rail yards, ship berths, cargo equipment and commercial harbor craft such as tugboats and crew and supply vessels.
The $200 million will be distributed to the following projects:
• $112 million for diesel truck upgrades;
• $81 million for ships at berth and cargo handling projects;
• $6 million for freight locomotive projects; and,
• $.5 million for harbor craft projects
Projects include truck grants which will help independent truck owners and others comply early with the statewide truck rule adopted in 2008. The newly funded projects are estimated to reduce emissions by over 29,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and over 600 tons of particulate matter over the life of the project.
The $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program is funded through the sale of voter-approved bonds in the financial market and is a partnership between the ARB and local agencies such as districts and seaports, to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California's trade corridors. Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, and then those agencies offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies. Projects funded under this program must achieve early or extra emission reductions to complement ARB regulations.
Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds that have been associated with cancer, lung and heart disease. Nitrogen oxides or NOx, a precursor to ozone, contributes to urban smog and is associated with the development of adverse health effects such as childhood asthma.
For more information on Proposition 1B, visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond.
For more information on the truck and bus rule, visit: http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2008/truckbus08/truckbus08.htm
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.