Port Commissions Host Clean Trucks Workshop
Commissioners to Gather from Trucking, Environmental, Industry Experts
October 13, 2007
The governing boards of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will host a special informational workshop with trucking, environmental and goods movement industry experts on the proposed Clean Trucks Program. The 8 a.m. October 12 workshop at the Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro will be the first joint board meeting of the two Harbor Commissions since they approved the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan on November 20, 2006.
A key component of the Clean Air Action Plan is a proposed Clean Trucks Program that aims to reduce air pollution from harbor drayage trucks by more than 80 percent within five years. The commissioners will not be voting on whether to implement the proposed truck program at the October 12 public workshop.
After months of public comment, stakeholder input and economic analyses, several unresolved questions have prompted the commissioners to schedule the public workshop to give key stakeholders another opportunity to provide input on how the ports can move ahead with the Clean Trucks Program without disrupting the flow of cargo. Public comment will be limited to two minutes per person at this special workshop.
"We remain committed to moving forward as quickly as we can to improve air quality," said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Mario Cordero. "Our Clean Trucks Program is a bold step forward. This is an extremely complex issue. We just want to make sure we’re taking the right steps to minimize economic disruption while maximizing reductions in air pollution. We want to hear first-hand from the experts."
"This will be the first time that all 10 commissioners from both ports will be in the same room to hear from those most affected by our Clean Trucks Program," said Los Angeles Harbor Commission President S. David Freeman. "This workshop will help us get to a place where we are comfortable that the Plan we will ultimately approve is the best for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach."
The proposed Clean Trucks Program calls for drayage truck owners to scrap and replace the oldest of about 16,000 trucks working at the ports, and retrofit the others, with the assistance of a port-sponsored grant subsidy.
The program under development by the port staffs would only allow port-licensed concessionaires, operating "clean trucks", to enter port terminals without having to pay a new truck impact gate fee. "Clean trucks" are defined as 2007 or newer trucks, retrofitted trucks manufactured in 1994 or newer, or trucks that have been replaced through the Gateway Cities truck modernization program.
The 2007 and newer trucks are 90 percent cleaner than older trucks. Year by year, the oldest trucks would be barred from the ports until only trucks meeting the CAAP "clean truck" standard would be permitted to work in the ports.
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles adopted the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) in November 2006 to curb port-related air pollution from trucks, ships, locomotives and other equipment by at least 45 percent in five years. A model for seaports around the world, the CAAP is the boldest air quality initiative by any seaport, consisting of wide-reaching measures to significantly reduce air emissions and health risks while allowing for the development of much-needed port efficiency projects.
The site for the October 12 workshop, the Doubletree Hotel, is located at 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina in San Pedro.