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Port of Los Angeles failed to implement significant number of anti-pollution measures

The Port of Los Angeles has, by its own admission, failed to live up to anti-pollution targets it was set more than 10 years ago as part of a legal settlement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Most of the flaws pertain to the China Shipping terminal expansion, for which the Port was tasked with completing 52 anti-pollution tasks to reduce air pollution and mitigate negative public health effects.

However, the port has admitted that 11 of those tasks are yet to be completed, much to the chagrin of environmentalist groups who feel deceived and who cast doubt on the port’s previous claims to “greenness”.

Examples of failed tasks include: ensuring that ships slow as they approach the port and shut down their diesel engines; and that vessels plug in to onshore electricity when docked.

Now Port officials plan to conduct a new environmental review that will ensure the original targets are met.

Along with nearby Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles forms the busiest port complex in the US.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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