LONG BEACH - The air in and around the Port of Long Beach is cleaner today than it was six years ago, according to an emissions inventory report released by harbor officials this week.
The report showed significant drops in air pollution from 2005, including a 75 percent decrease in airborne diesel particulates, a 50 percent drop in nitrogen oxides, an 80 percent decrease in sulfur oxides and a 23 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions. It is the fifth straight year the port has shown improved pollution numbers, which port officials have attributed to its clean-air programs.
More cleaner-burning fuels by ships and waterfront equipment and fewer old drayage trucks were also a factor.
"Six years into these efforts, we're seeing huge improvements," said port spokesman Art Wong.
The port has been pushing out several initiatives to improve air quality, including the Green Ship Incentive Program designed to curb air pollution by giving incentives to shippers to use cleaner ships, the Clean Trucks Program, which bans older, more polluting trucks from terminals, and the Green Flag Program, which rewards operators for slowing vesselspeedss.
"Our clean air programs are effectively reducing air pollution from port sources - the numbers clearly demonstrate that," Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Susan E. Anderson Wise said in a written statement. "But we're not done. With cleaner fuels, more shore power and other programs, we're
The report, which began around the time the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles implemented the San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan, takes an inventory of the air pollution found among ships, trucks, trains, tractors and cranes that move cargo in and out of the port.
The report is reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. For more information, go to www.polb.com/emissions.