MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA, PORT OF L.A. ISSUE STATEMENTS ON 9TH CIRCUIT COURT RULING THAT ALLOWS PORT’S CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM CONCESSIONS TO REMAIN IN EFFECT
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement in response to today's ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow concession agreements to continue at the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Clean Truck Program:
"The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to allow concession agreements to continue at the Port of Los Angeles is good news for all of us who live and work in Southern California. The concession agreement with hundreds of trucking companies has helped put more than 6,000 clean trucks on the roads around the Port, reducing port truck emissions by at least 70 percent. We are hopeful that the trial court will uphold the full concession agreement to provide full accountability and sustainability of the Clean Truck Program in the future."
"We are very pleased that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld our concessions by denying the ATA’s request to enjoin the concession model used to enforce the Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck program," added Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. "While we look forward to our day in court, this decision allows the Port of Los Angeles to continue to be the driving force of change in the San Pedro Bay. It’s commonly known that the majority of the trucking companies in our program serve cargo terminals at both ports. The enforceable agreements Los Angeles has forged with these companies is the best guarantee that this port complex and the communities of San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach will enjoy significantly lower truck emissions well into the future."