Tuesday, September 9, 2014

POLA Receives Emissions Reduction Grant

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Los Angeles has received a $469,000 grant award from the US Environmental Protection Agency to retrofit cargo handling equipment. The port secured the grant on behalf of two terminal tenants – SA Recycling and APM Terminals.

The port will administer the grant funds for the project, which involves retrofitting 14 pieces of cargo handling equipment with diesel particulate filters.

The retrofit is expected to result in a reduction in particulate matter emissions by 85 percent and carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions by 90 percent. Retrofitted equipment is to include a top handler, material handlers, loaders, haul trucks and a bulldozer. The project is expected to be completed by December 2015.

Although the port will oversee the grant project, SA Recycling and APM Terminals own the cargo handling equipment and will conduct the retrofits.

The grant is funded through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. The Port of LA was one of six ports nationwide to receive EPA funds as part of the DERA grants program, which focuses on retrofitting, replacing or repowering diesel engines to reduce harmful emissions.
SA Recycling, a metal recycler, has had operations at the Port of Los Angeles since 1962 and also operates over 50 recycling facilities throughout California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.

APM Terminals, which operates a 400-acre container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, has business interests in 70 port and terminal facilities globally.