Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ports, trucks, and pollution

Until recently I hadn't spent a lot of time on port-related issues at Streetsblog, but I'm glad I've spent some time there the last couple of weeks. What goes on at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have a big impact on our air quality.

Recently, my old friends the American Trucking Association sued to keep the Ports of LA and Long Beach from enacting their clean ports policies. The good news? The ATA lost.

In other news, legislation requiring a "clean air" fee to be placed on containers going through the ports is sitting on the desk of Governor Schwarzenegger. We'll have to wait until the budget mess is cleared before we see if he is willing to sign it. In the meantime, get some odd news that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is lobbying Schwarzenegger to veto the legislation.

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