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AQMD Awards Nearly $5 Million To Replace Dirty Diesel Trucks Servicing Area Ports

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The South Coast Air Quality Management District has awarded $4.8 million to replace 163 older heavy-duty diesel trucks operating at the ports and in other goods movement activities across the Southland with new lower-emission models.

“Heavy-duty trucks are one of the largest sources of smog-forming pollution in Southern California,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., AQMD’s Governing Board Chairman. “Cleaning up the Southland’s truck fleet is one of the most important steps we can take to protect the health of those living in areas where these vehicles travel.”

The funding will provide truckers up to $30,000 per truck in incentive funding. The trucks will operate at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and in other goods movement activities. The new diesel trucks are about 96 percent cleaner than the ones they replace and are certified to meet or exceed the state’s strict 2010 emissions standards for heavy-duty diesel trucks. AQMD’s Board approved the funding on April 6.

Since 2009, AQMD has awarded $122 million in state Proposition 1B funds to help replace more than 2,400 older diesel trucks, including about 1,500 trucks that operate as “drayage” trucks hauling containers from ports to nearby rail yards and warehouses. Of the 1,500 drayage trucks replaced, 559 were replaced with liquefied natural gas trucks funded by an additional $27 million in local and federal funds.

On April 6 the AQMD Board also awarded $580,000 to Black and Decker, Inc. and The Greenstation to conduct the 2012 Mow Down Air Pollution program and exchange 4,000 gasoline-powered lawn mowers for new, cordless electric models. Registration for the 2012 lawn mower exchange events opens on May 2. AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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