California Fights Filth of Its Ports

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — In the first effort of its kind in the nation, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are about to launch a $2 billion campaign to clean up the ships, trucks, cranes and locomotives that ply and pollute the waterfronts in country’s busiest ports.

The two ports are among the biggest polluters in a region known for some of the nation’s dirtiest air. Federal officials say that unless something is done, the pollution at those ports and many others across the nation will drastically worsen. The Environmental Protection Agency is predicting that by 2030, smog-causing nitrogen oxide emissions and particulate matter from ships and other commercial vessels will have doubled their current levels.

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