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Stakeholders weigh in on goals of zero-emissions proposal to clean up the air at ports of LA and Long Beach

Ships wait to be loaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach on February 13, 2015.
Ships wait to be loaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach on February 13, 2015.

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The largest port complex in the United States has released a draft of a plan to modernize port technology to help clean up the air and combat climate change at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The projected cost of the Clean Air Action Plan is $14 billion in public and private funding, and some following the story have said they expect that number to increase. The plan has the ports switching to zero-emission technology for handling cargo by 2030 and zero-emission trucks by 2035. It also sets a goal of emissions below 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

While many involved stakeholders like environmentalists, the trucking lines, port truckers and the shipping lines have highlighted things they like in the draft, like the fact that it's a major statement to the rest of the country from the largest port complex in the U.S., they also say there is room for improvement. Concerns range from the timeline being too ambitious to questions about whether the zero-emissions technology will be ready by 2030 and what this means for port truckers, many of whom operate independently and could have to shoulder the cost of getting and maintaining a zero-emissions truck.

For more on this story from KPCC's Emily Guerin, click here.


Chris Cannon, director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles

Rick Cameron, managing director of planning and environmental affairs for the Port of Long Beach

Melissa Lin Perella, co-director of the Environmental Justice program for the Natural Resources Defense Council

Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association

Fred Potter, international vice president and director of the ports division for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents port truck drivers