Release 07-57
December 4, 2007

    Leo Kay
Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728

State to unveil new first-of-their kind proposed port pollution measures

LONG BEACH, Calif.: Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols will join Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and others at the Port of Long Beach on Wednesday in announcing two new proposed regulations that will greatly reduce diesel emissions from ports throughout the state.

Combined with other measures already approved by the Air Resources Board within the last year, these measures will reduce diesel soot emissions from container and cruise ship terminals by almost two-thirds by 2010, and by an estimated 75 percent by 2014. Overall diesel soot emissions will decline by 1,800 tons per year in 2014.

WHO: ARB Chairman Mary Nichols
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster
Long Beach Harbor Commission President Mario Cordero
Martin Schlageter, Coalition for Clean Air
WHAT: Press Conference announcing two new proposed regulations to slash pollution from California's ports.
WHEN: 12:45, Wed., Dec. 5, 2007
WHERE: Port Administration Building, Port of Long Beach
VISUALS: Great vantage point of port, ship and truck traffic.
DIRECTIONS: Take the 710 south and follow the signs toward the Queen Mary. Get off on Harbor Plaza east. The Port Administration Building is at 925 Harbor Plaza. The news conference will be at the rooftop cafeteria.

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.