Port of Los Angeles Statement on the FMC Dismissal of CTP Investigation


Port of Los Angeles Statement on the
FMC Dismissal of CTP Investigation

July 30, 2009

 On July 29, 2009 the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) filed a motion to dismiss its investigation commenced last September into certain aspects of the Clean Truck Programs at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, citing changed circumstances as the reason.  Administrative Law Judge Clay Guthridge today certified the motion to the full Federal Maritime Commission for decision.   If the Federal Maritime Commission grants the motion, the FMC’s investigation of the Clean Trucks Program will be over.

 The FMC’s motion stated:  “The concerns originally raised by the CTF [Clean Truck Fee] exemptions, the concession applications and POLA’s incentive program now appear in a different light after the actual implementation of those programs and the modifications and adjustments to them by the ports.  Those concerns have not been borne out after several months of experience in the administration of the ports’ CTPs.

  “This is great news,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.  “Having all FMC matters behind us will allow us to better focus on our business matters in the coming months.”

Background

The Clean Trucks Program is a comprehensive environmental, safety and security initiative. The Clean Trucks Program immediately bans trucks built before 1989, the first year of diesel pollution control; and by 2012, bars any truck that doesn’t meet the cleanest 2007 emission standards.

When fully implemented in 2012, the Clean Trucks Program will remove over 16,000 older diesel trucks from the roads and reduce harmful emissions by 80 percent. Current data shows that the replacement of older trucks is well ahead of the ban schedule.  Today, more than 5000 2007-compliant trucks are handling over 50 percent of the container hauls at our Port.  Despite critics’ predictions, the Clean Trucks Program is rolling forward successfully.

The Port of Los Angeles, also known as “America’s Port,” has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy and the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. A recipient of numerous environmental awards, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2007 Clean Air Excellence Award, the Port of Los Angeles is committed to innovating cleaner, greener ways of doing business. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. The Port of Los Angeles - A cleaner port. A brighter future.