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New BNSF Southern California International Gateway lowers emissions

The proposed BNSF Southern California International Gateway facility will result in an improvement in the region's air quality, according to a draft environmental impact report released by the Port of Los Angeles last week. The report indicates that the new intermodal facility will reduce health concerns and traffic in the immediate neighborhoods surrounding the Gateway and in the broader metropolitan area.

BNSF will also contribute up to $3 million to the joint Port of Los Angeles - Port of Long Beach Technology Advancement Program to further technologies that promote the zero-emissions movement of goods through the port.

The updated reports shows that SCIG will improve air quality to the extent that it is significantly better for workers and residents, compared to the way the area is presently utilized.

The project is expected to create thousands of jobs in the short-term.

"The unemployment rate in L.A. County is still 11 percent," said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO). "The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor voted to endorse and actively support SCIG because it's time to bring good jobs to our region."

At the new SCIG, containers will be loaded onto rail four miles from the docks, instead of being driven 24 miles on local streets and I-710 to downtown rail facilities.

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