Port of Los Angeles receives grant to reduce emissions from equipment

Port of Los Angeles receives grant to reduce emissions from equipment

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $469,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retrofit 14 pieces of cargo-handling equipment with Level 3 diesel particulate filters.

Los Angeles is receiving the grant on behalf of two of its terminals: SA Recycling and APM Terminals. The port will administer the grant funds. The terminal operators, which own the equipment, will conduct the retrofits.

The cargo-handling equipment to be retrofitted includes a top handler, material handlers, loaders, haul trucks and a bulldozer. When completed, the retrofits will result in an 85 percent reduction in particulate matter emissions and a 90 percent reduction in carbon monoxide and and hydrocarbon emissions.

EPA is providing the grant under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. DERA focuses on retrofitting, replacing or repowering diesel engines to reduce harmful emissions.

Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said emissions-reduction programs help ports reduce their environmental impact on neighboring communities.

“Today we demonstrate that through collaboration and innovation, we can achieve the goals of economic growth and environmental stewardship,” she said.

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