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EPA Chief Tours Port's Clean Air, Clean Water Projects

Earth Day-related visit highlights success of partnerships, grants

April 19, 2012


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson toured the Port of Long Beach on Thursday to see firsthand the Port’s industry-leading efforts to clean the air and harbor while building the port of the future.

Jackson, a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, boarded a port pilot boat -- retrofitted with EPA grant-funded low-emission engines -- to view the world’s first hybrid tugboats and the world’s first plug-in berth for oil tankers.

Jackson met with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Harbor Commissioners Doug Drummond and Rich Dines.

“The Port of Long Beach and the EPA have a great working relationship,” Harbor Commissioner Drummond said in welcoming Jackson to the Port. “And we thank the EPA for being a great partner in our efforts to reduce impacts from port operations on the environment.”

As the brief harbor excursion neared the billion-dollar Middle Harbor redevelopment project, and as port officials explained continuing efforts to protect the aquatic habitat, the tour group was joined by a playful pod of dolphins.

The tour Thursday provided Jackson with an opportunity to see a locomotive from the nation’s cleanest short-line railroad. She also climbed into the cab of a cutting-edge zero-emission big-rig truck built thanks to funding from the Port’s Technology Advancement Program.

For more information on the Port’s environmental efforts, go to www.polb.com/environment.

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