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August 28, 2017

Port of Long Beach achieves record pollution reductions

The Port of Long Beach notched clean air records in its latest study of air pollution emissions, including an 88 percent reduction in diesel particulate matter, continuing more than a decade of air quality improvements.

The first phase of the zero-emissions Long Beach Container Terminal opened on Pier E in 2016, helping to drive down the air pollution tallied in the Port's annual Emissions Inventory, which was completed this week. The Port has been monitoring its progress in air quality improvements since 2005.

"The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has been a global leader in reducing pollution associated with goods movement," said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. "We're committed to a zero-emissions future and our Port continues to prove that you don't have to sacrifice the environment for a strong economy."

The inventory, conducted by an independent consultant, found the Port's aggressive actions to cut pollution have decreased diesel particulate matter a record 88 percent since 2005. Smog-forming nitrogen oxides were down 56 percent, also a record. Sulfur oxides held steady at 97 percent lower and greenhouse gases are down 22 percent, another record.

Source: Port of Long Beach