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Port of LA hit by another air pollution scandal

Following a scandal last October over failed pollution targets, the Port of Los Angeles is facing more bad news after an audit showed that air quality at its TraPac terminal have not met agreed standards.

It was revealed last October that the port had not enforced pollution measures at China Shipping’s terminal. Now the TraPac terminal, located near Wilmington, has failed to meet its alternative maritime power requirements.

According to documents just released under the California Public Records Act, ships were plugged in to shore power at the TraPac terminal just 53% of the time in 2015, well below the requirement of 80%.

The port’s executive director, Gene Seroka, has said that TraPac will be in compliance very shortly.

“Cleaner freight technology needs to be at the forefront of stewardship of the public lands and resources that serve as major industrial port facilities in California,” State Controller Betty Yee wrote in a letter to the port last month, urging Seroka and his team to “take a more proactive leadership role” in cutting pollution.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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