After losing a ten year battle to build a heavily polluting intermodal railyard next to a residential community, and getting caught secretly violating a court-ordered agreement to implement cleaner technologies, the Port of Los Angeles, now under new management, is taking dramatic action to show they can operate in a responsible, safe, and healthy manner.
In partnership with Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P., and funding from the California Air Resources Board, the port recently announced the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, which use modern, cleaner technologies to dramatically reduce air pollution.
The project promises to clean the emissions from ships using an exhaust treatment system like the Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System, which will eliminate 90 percent of ship emissions. This is a very important move, particularly in light of recent research at the University of Southern California that indicates metals in the diesel exhaust of ships may be damaging the lungs of children.
Among on-shore technologies promised are electric terminal trucks, which are available commercially from vendors like Orange EV, and electric on-road drayage trucks, which are being demonstrated, but not yet sold on the open market.
For more information on this exciting project, see the Port of Los Angeles press release, Pasha, Port of Los Angeles and California Air Resources Board Partner on Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project.