Advisory Panel Appointed to Reduce Air Pollution From Port of Los Angeles

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The Port of Los Angeles the port complex remains the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California. A new advisory board has been tasked with reducing emissions from the port. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the appointment of an advisory panel tasked with reducing air pollution from the Port of Los Angeles by expanding the use of zero-emissions technology.

The 10-member Sustainable Freight Advisory Board, made up of representatives from industry, environmental groups, labor, and air quality agencies, will advise the city-owned port on how to work with manufacturers to develop and deploy cleaner trucks, trains, ships and cargo-handling equipment.

Trade passing through the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports support hundreds of thousands of jobs across Southern California.

Despite dramatic emissions cuts over the last decade, the port complex remains the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California. To blame are thousands of diesel-powered trucks, container ships and cargo-moving equipment that emit harmful particles and gases, worsen smog and burden harbor communities with increased asthma rates and and the region’s highest cancer risk from air pollution.

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