|The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Port of Los Angeles an $800,000 grant to assist in deployment of more of the cleanest commercial cargo moving equipment available.
The grant is expected to fund between 25 to 40 percent of the cost of replacing and upgrading 18 pieces of yard equipment used at two container terminals. Benefits of the clean equipment are said to include an estimated $11 million in annual savings from health costs within Los Angeles County.
Two terminal operators, APM Terminals Pacific Ltd. and TraPac LLC, are funding the majority of the $3 million project. APM Terminals will invest more than $2 million to replace 16 yard tractors with new equipment powered by Tier 4 clean diesel engines. TraPac will spend $174,000 to repower two heavy-duty forklifts with Tier 4 engines.
“The EPA grant is precisely the kind of support that allows our partners to keep trading up to the greenest equipment on the market,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We will continue to aggressively pursue these opportunities to further our efforts to use the cleanest equipment available.”