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November 12, 2018

Ports’ Clean Trucks Program Cuts Emissions by 97 Percent

On the tenth anniversary of the Clean Trucks Program and the ban of pre-2007 heavy-duty trucks, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles had reduced toxic diesel PM emissions 97 percent, according to air quality reports. The Clean Trucks Program has also led to a 79 percent decline in NOx and a 24 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The next generation of the Clean Trucks Program, announced in October, requires all new trucks joining the Port Drayage Truck Registry at either port to be model year 2014 or newer. The San Pedro Bay ports are working to transition to zero-emission trucks by 2035.

EPA Awards $9.6M in Grants to Reduce Diesel Emissions in California

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has received more than $1.5 million to replace 16 diesel trucks with newer CNG engines certified to meet CARB’s optional low-NOx standard. The funds are part of U.S. EPA Diesel Emission Reduction Act awards of $9.6 million to California organizations working to retrofit and replace old diesel vehicles and equipment with cleaner options, primarily cleaner diesel and electric engines.

EPA Dismisses Two Advisory Panels on Pollution

The U.S. EPA has dismissed two panels of outside scientists that were formed to advise the agency on particulate matter and ground-level ozone, saying its internal Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee will do their work instead. The 20-member Particulate Matter Review Panel had been developing more-stringent standards for soot produced by cars, trucks, and other sources. The second disbanded panel had not yet met.

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