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Long Beach invites public comment on emission tech grants

The Port of Long Beach invited the public to a meeting today “to learn about and comment on plans by the Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles and regional air quality authorities to apply for statewide transportation grants to reduce air pollution.”

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) are planning to apply for some of the $200 million being made available by the California Air Resources Board in the latest round of these grants.

The ports have said they want to use the funds to equip wharfs with “shore power,” which allows ships to shut down their diesel engines at berth and plug in for electricity. The Port of Long Beach said the public could comment on the ports’ proposal or other potential solutions such as cleaner harbor craft, cargo-handling equipment, locomotives and trucks.

The funds come from the statewide Proposition 1B, the $1 billion highway safety, traffic reduction, air quality, and port security ballot measure approved by voters in November 2006, the port said.

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