California adopts major pollution cuts for diesel trucks and ships

by Tony Barboza, The Los Angeles Times


  • The California Air Resources Board approved new standards that will significantly lower smog pollution from diesel trucks and cargo ships as trucks emit close to one-third of smog pollution and cargo ships are on their way to be more polluting than trucks within the next 3 years
    • The new standards would reduce allowable emissions of nitrogen oxides from new trucks 90% by 2027 and require cargo ships that are docked at ports to plug into electric power
    • Curbing these emissions can prevent nearly 4,000 early deaths
  • These rules represent the state’s biggest cut in smog-forming pollutants since 2008, equivalent to taking 16 million cars off the road
  • These emissions have been disproportionately harming communities of color located near ports and warehouses as the pollution increases the rate of deadly health impacts 
  • An air board staff analysis found these new rules would reduce cancer risk for about 2.4 million residents living around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
  • Many environmentalists say that these standards are not stringent enough and would be implemented too late, as frontline communities continue to breathe polluted air until the rules take effect
  • The new emissions standards come after the air board required manufacturers to transition to zero-emission electric or fuel cell models until every new truck sold in the state is zero-emission by 2045

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Nina Turner
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