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Cargo Terminal Operator Using Low-Emission Trucks

September 16, 2000

LOS ANGELES — To help clean up the harbor's air pollution, a major cargo terminal in the Port of Los Angeles has begun using five propane-powered trucks to move shipping containers around its facility.

Marine Terminals Corp., which operates the Evergreen America Corp. terminal, put the low-emission trucks into service under a state program that provides economic incentives for the operators of diesel vehicles to reduce air pollution.

With the enormous volume of truck traffic, diesel engines have become a substantial source of air pollution in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Diesel emissions have been shown to cause cancer and other respiratory ailments.

It is the first time a cargo operation in the port has taken advantage of the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which pays companies the difference between the cost of a diesel-powered vehicle and a clean-fuel vehicle.

In this case, the state paid Marine Terminals $11,000 per vehicle.

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