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EPA Awards $1.3 Million Clean Diesel Grant to the Port of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $1.3 million grant to the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department to fund the replacement of an older diesel cargo crane with a new, zero-emission electric-drive crane. Los Angeles is one of four U.S. ports receiving a total of $5 million for projects aimed at significantly reducing diesel emissions and improving air quality, particularly for communities near port operations.
"Forty percent of the nation's total imports come through the San Pedro Bay ports," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "Replacing cargo equipment with zero emissions alternatives will not only help overall air quality in Southern California, but directly benefit fence-line communities living near the port."
The project at the Port of Los Angeles, the largest port in the nation, will replace a 950-horsepower, diesel crane with a new electric crane. The 110-foot crane will be used to unload and process scrap metal on and off moving containers for overseas shipments. Emissions from diesel exhaust contribute to serious health conditions such as asthma, and can worsen heart and lung disease, especially in vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly. This project will benefit the nearby communities as well as the larger Los Angeles air basin, which does not meet the current federal health-protective standards for smog or soot -- also known as fine particulate matter.
The grants are funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) and target ports located in communities that have poor air quality. Since 2008, EPA has awarded about $17 million in DERA funding and leveraged $16 million from public and private partners to clean up diesel vehicles, vessels and equipment at the San Pedro Bay ports. Additionally, since 2008 EPA has awarded more than 700 grants in 600 communities across the country. And 150 DERA grants have been targeted to improving air quality at or near ports, with about $175 million in funding. EPA estimates that every $1 in DERA funding generates up to $13 in health care savings. In addition, every dollar of DERA funding, leverages $2-3 from project partners.
Along with the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department, grants were awarded to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Port of Houston Authority.
More information on the DERA grants for ports: http://www2.epa.gov/ports-initiative/funding-projects-improve-air-quality-ports#awarded2014