How will the Ports define “fair share” and the San Pedro Bay Standard? The Ports and the agencies anticipate building upon modeled 2007 AQMP estimates for developing overall San Pedro Bay emissions targets for NOx, SOx and PM, with targets and milestones for 2014 and 2020. These targets will establish the San Pedro Bay Ports’ “fair share” of regional emissions reductions. These targets will be a valuable tool for long-term air quality planning, aiding the Ports and the agencies with evaluating the long-term cumulative effects of future projects.
Discussions between the Ports and the regulatory agencies to better define both a toxics health risk standard and the criteria emissions reduction standard (“fair share”) for the San Pedro Bay have already begun. The goal of these discussions is to develop and present the agreed upon San Pedro Bay Standards to the Ports’ Boards for their approval by Spring 2007. Due to the critical nature of these standards, the Ports and regulatory agencies will work together expeditiously to deliver sound proposals for these standards to the Boards as soon as possible in order that they may be considered in the CEQA documents for a number of upcoming development projects.