Despite the fact that technology “isn’t ‘there’ yet,” the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have adopted a long-range plan to reduce air pollution – at the cost of nearly $14 billion.  Harbor commissioners voted unanimously to adopt 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update.

The plan involves shifting the cargo handling and trucking industries away from fossil fuels and toward near-zero and zero-emissions technologies. The plan also anticipates that cleaner engines will power future container ships.

“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.”

Many in the goods movement sector and businesses that rely on it, have expressed concern that air regulations and port rules are too aggressive and will have a negative impact on the economy.  The concern that alternate routes of shipping, that bypass California ports, has been expressed.    Industry supports clean air rules that provide time for adoption and implementation that allows technology to keep pace while not being punitive on certain industry, like trucking, and forcing them to live under rules that competitors outside the state do not have to abide.

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