Release 09-77
September 3, 2009

    Leo Kay
(916) 322-2990

Clarification: The Proposition 1B Program funding can be used to replace old diesel trucks with new, clean models powered by diesel, natural gas, or other technologies that meet low emission standards. All of these types of cleaner trucks can serve the ports. Eligible applicants compete for Prop. 1B funding based on the emission reductions to be achieved through this replacement, regardless of fuel type.

ARB clears way for Southern California port truck grants

SACRAMENTO: The Air Resources Board today sent a grant agreement to the South Coast Air Quality Management District that will immediately free up $45 million in grant funds for truckers to replace diesel trucks operating in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

As of Jan. 1, truck owners throughout the state will need to upgrade their trucks under ARB's Drayage Truck Rule, which requires particulate filters to be installed or old trucks to be replaced. In Southern California, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are only allowing newer trucks.

Local air districts are processing the applications submitted for Proposition 1B funding, which requires projects that will achieve the greatest emission reductions with each state bond dollar. The program is intended to cut diesel pollution through incentives to help individuals and businesses that have already made the capital investment in the old equipment take action to clean up that equipment ahead of, or beyond, the requirements of ARB rules.

"This new funding in the South Coast is specifically targeted for port truckers looking to replace their old, dirty models," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "This program, especially combined with our suite of other diesel activities, will provide cleaner skies right away for our port communities. Of course, the applicant must already own an older truck and be ready to buy a clean new truck when the state check clears."

ARB is allocating $45 million in voter-approved Proposition 1B funds to truck owners and operators looking to upgrade their fleets that serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with cleaner models, with an additional $49 million in the pipeline. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are contributing an additional $17.5 million in supplemental funding for alternative fuel replacement trucks.

The ARB listed diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant over a decade ago in order to protect public health. Exposure to unsafe levels of diesel emissions can increase the risk of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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