PORT OF LOS ANGELES RECEIVES EPA GRANT FOR EMISSION REDUCTION PROJECT
$469,000 Grant for Equipment Retrofit Aimed at
Further Improving L.A. Harbor Air Quality
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – September 5, 2014 – The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $469,000 grant award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to retrofit cargo handling equipment used at the Port of Los Angeles. Funded through the federal agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, the grant was secured by the Port on behalf of two terminal tenants – SA Recycling and APM Terminals.
The Port will administer the grant funds for the project, which will involve retrofitting 14 pieces of cargo handling equipment with Level 3 diesel particulate filters. The retrofit will result in a reduction in particulate matter emissions by 85%, and carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions by 90%. Retrofitted equipment will include a top handler, material handlers, loaders, haul trucks and a bulldozer. The project is expected to be completed by December 2015.
While the Port will oversee the grant project, SA Recycling and APM Terminals own the cargo handling equipment and will conduct the retrofits.
“Ports are the main gateway for U.S. trade and are critical to our country’s economic growth, yet the communities surrounding ports face serious environmental challenges,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Today we demonstrate that through collaboration and innovation we can achieve the goals of economic growth and environmental stewardship.”
“Through its Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), the Port of Los Angeles has demonstrated its commitment to lowering diesel emissions in the San Pedro Bay Complex,” said David Thornburg, director of public affairs at SA Recycling. “We are so pleased to be part of the solution and commend the Port and the EPA for assisting us with innovative upgrades to our cargo handling equipment.”
The Port of Los Angeles was one of six ports nationwide to receive U.S. EPA funds as part of the DERA grants program, which focuses on retrofitting, replacing, or repowering diesel engines to reduce harmful emissions.
Setting new standards for quality and environmental leadership, SA Recycling is an industry-leading metal recycler. In addition to its operations at the Port of Los Angeles, which has been in operation since 1962, the company operates more than 50 recycling facilities throughout California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
APM Terminals operates a 400-acre container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, part of a global terminal network that includes 20,300 employees in 67 countries, with interests in 70 port and terminal facilities. APM Terminals is committed to ensuring sustainability criteria is incorporated into the design and implementation of its facilities while mitigating significant sustainability-related risks.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.
The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.