Clean Air Action Plan set to achieve low levels of GHG emissions by 2030: Locals concerned about the timeline | Rig Hauler

Clean Air Action Plan set to achieve low levels of GHG emissions by 2030: Locals concerned about the timeline

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Clean Air Action Plan set to achieve low levels of GHG emissions by 2030: Locals concerned about the timeline Photo Credit: The Port of Long Beach as seen on Thursday morning, Jan. 21, 2016. Taken together, the Ports of LA and Long Beach are the single largest source of air pollution in Southern California. MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC

Local residents located near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are demanding that these ports speed up the Clean Air Action Plan. The action plan, which includes limiting the use of diesel engines and advancing towards zero emissions is claimed to be moving too slow by residents and air regulators. These ports are the biggest source of pollution and people who reside near them are anxious for the plan to move forward as people's lives are at stake.
The Clean Air ActIon Plan was introduced in July as part of an effort to counter the pollution caused by these ports. The plan is a newer version of the Clean Air Action Plan introduced in 2008. The previous version of the plan successfully resulted in lowering diesel soot emissions and greenhouse gas emissions by 87% and 18% respectively since 2005.
However, the progress has stunted for the last couple of years. Studies show that emissions from trucks actually increased in 2016. Alarmed by this, the 2008 plan was updated and the new plan was introduced in 2017. Under the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, the new goal is to bring the greenhouse gas emission levels 40% below that in 1990 by 2030. This is only possible by transitioning to zero emissions technology by 2030. However, this timeline has not been satisfactory to the locals who have been affected by the pollution from the ports for a long time. Air quality managers also expressed concerns about whether the provisions in the plan were enough to achieve federal ozone standards by 2023. They are also worried that the proposed plan seems to be unrealistic and over optimistic.

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