Air quality regulators in Southern California have proposed a rule that they say would “ensure emission reductions associated with sources operating in commercial marine ports” are achieved this year and beyond.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s proposed Rule 4001– Maintenance of AQMP Emission Reduction Targets at Commercial Marine Ports
, would require annual reporting of emissions beginning in 2014 through 2020 from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.
“If the emission targets proposed in PR 4001 are not met, an emission reduction plan would be prepared by the ports that contains control strategies to eliminate the shortfalls.”
A staff report on the rule said, “Despite the significant progress that has been made in reducing mobile and stationary source emissions over the past 20 years, the South Coast Air Basin (Basin) continues to experience some of the worst air quality in the nation.”
The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, as well as the two ports, oppose the proposed rule.
BizFed said there is “no demonstrated need” for it, noting that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have reduced emissions of diesel particulate matter by 80 percent, nitrogen oxides by 53 percent and sulfur oxides by 88 percent compared to 2005 levels.
A joint letter from Matthew Arms, the acting director of environmental planning at the Port of Long Beach, and Christopher Cannon, the director of environmental management at the Port of Los Angeles, said the two cities “have been dedicated, innovative, and effective leaders in the efforts of public agencies to improve air quality despite the fact that we have no air quality regulatory authority or control over emissions sources.”
They said the substance of the rule is “deeply flawed from technical, jurisdictional, legal, and public policy perspectives, in ways that cannot be cured" and that the air district is “acting beyond its authority” to adopt the rule.