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Ports of LA and Long Beach set to release draft of their Clean Air Action Plan Update

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have announced that July 19 is the date when they will release their promised draft Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2017 Update.

These neighbouring San Pedro Bay ports, the busiest two container ports in the US, first adopted the CAAP in 2006 and their pro-active approach to lowering emission in and around their vicinity has yielded positive results.

Those results include reducing diesel particulate matter by 85%, eliminating 97% of sulfur oxides and lowering greenhouse gases by 12%.

It has been achieved with policies and technologies that have reduced pollution from ships, trucks, trains, cargo-handling equipment and harbour craft.

Even with that success, the CAAP is open to being tweaked and updated as it first was in 2010. Now this year the next update is scheduled.

It is expected this update will include zero-emissions targets for some vehicles and investments in more clean-air technology.

After the July 19 release of the draft, the ports will invite public comment on the new proposals.

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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