Friday, January 13, 2017

LA-LB Ports Hosting Joint Clean Air Plan Workshop

By Mark Edward Nero

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they’ll hold a joint community workshop on Jan. 24 to gather input on strategies released late last year to update their Clean Air Action Plan, or CAAP.

The community workshop is planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water St. in Wilmington. The workshop’s open to the public.

The Clean Air Action Plan, adopted in 2006, has dramatically reduced pollution from maritime-related sources that operate in and around the ports. Programs implemented under the CAAP have reduced diesel particulate matter up to 84 percent, cut nitrogen oxides in half, eliminated 97 percent of sulfur oxides and lowered greenhouse gases an average of 12 percent, according to data from the ports.

During the same time period that emissions were falling, container volume increased by seven percent, port data shows.

In November 2016, Harbor Commissioners from both ports met to unveil the draft CAAP 2017 Discussion Document, which details proposed new strategies to further clean the air and reduce greenhouse gases. Strategies include aggressively deploying zero and near-zero emission trucks and cargo-handling equipment and expanding programs that reduce ship emissions.

The draft CAAP 2017 Discussion Document is available at, and The public review period for the document extends through Feb. 17. Written comments may be submitted to Those interested in the process can register on the CAAP website to receive the latest information and meeting notices.