The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Approve Air Quality Rules for Moving Cargo

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) on November 2nd, the American Journal of Transportation reports.

The plan  sets out ambitious clean air strategies for moving cargo through the  port complex, by lowering truck and cargo-handling equipment to near zero and ultimately zero emissions.

“These new policies and strategies are some of the most progressive air-quality rules in the nation,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We are serious about fighting climate change, protecting local residents and promoting economic success at our ports.”

The initiatives include new investments in clean technology, expanded use of alternatives for reducing at-berth ship emissions and a demonstration of up to 100 zero-emission trucks in the next few years, according to the plan.

A part of the 2017 plan  is also to reduce  greenhouse gases from port-related sources to combat global warming and climate change.

The estimated cost of implementing the 2017 CAAP ranges from $7 billion to $14 billion.

LA/Long Beach Port Strike Ends In Petition

A week-long strike by truck drivers and warehouse workers at the port complex at Los Angeles/Long Beach ended last Friday with striking truckers delivering a petition with 10,000 signatures on it to Los Angeles City Hall, according to the American Journal of Transportation.

Drivers were picketing outside of trucking companies XPO Logistics, Cal Cartage, CMI, and Intermodal Bridge Transport over independent contractor status of drivers and also clean truck emissions programs, the costs of which truckers say the companies have passed on to them through onerous lease arrangements.

The drivers and warehouse ended their strike after they made unconditional offers to return to work at their place of employment.