Port of LB to host public advisory meeting about CAAP progress

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The Port of Long Beach announced this week that the third advisory meeting regarding the progress of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2017 Update will take place Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 9am to 11am at the Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Dr.

The meeting, open to the public, will be located in the first-floor training room of the building. The discussion was originally scheduled for Sept. 19, but the date was changed late Thursday afternoon.

Port officials previously hosted CAAP update meetings in Long Beach on March 29 and in San Pedro on June 26. The Long Beach and Los Angeles boards of harbor commissioners approved up to four CAAP stakeholder-advisory meetings per year as part of the CAAP update plan on Nov. 2, 2017.

During the advisory meeting, Long Beach and Los Angeles officials will discuss the ports’ 2017 annual air-emissions inventories, updates on the new Clean Truck Program, technology-feasibility assessments, technology demonstrations and information on regulatory developments. Port officials will receive public comment on CAAP implementation issues.

According to the ports, the CAAP 2017 Update is a comprehensive strategy for accelerating progress toward a zero-emission future, while protecting and strengthening the ports’ competitive position in the global economy. Since 2005, port-related air-pollution emissions in San Pedro Bay have dropped 87 percent for diesel-particulate matter, 58 percent for nitrogen oxides and 97 percent for sulfur oxides.

Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The CAAP was originally approved in 2006.

For more information, visit cleanairactionplan.org.