WASHINGTON -- A Federal Maritime Commission administrative judge has ruled that petitioners in the Los Angeles-Long Beach clean-trucks case can intervene in the proceedings.
The order allows supporters and opponents of the anti-pollution program to use discovery procedures to collect information from the two port authorities and terminal operators that sought FMC approval for the plan.
The order also denied a request to stop the commission's investigation until it had issued an environmental impact statement in the case.
The program is intended to reduce air pollution in the harbor area by collecting fees to be channeled toward the purchase of low-emission diesel trucks. The commission launched an investigation of the program's possible effect on the marketplace.
Administrative Law Judge Clay G. Guthridge's order also sets down rules of discovery for the petitioners.
Petitioners in the case include the American Trucking Associations; Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; three environmental groups filing jointly; the National Resources Defense Council; Sierra Club, and Coalition for Clean Air, and the National Association of Waterfront Employers.
The order may be found online at: http://www.fmc.gov/UserFiles/pages/File/Dkt_08-05_Memo_&_Order_1-22-09.pdf