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L.A. needs fewer platitudes and more action on port air pollution

L.A. needs fewer platitudes and more action on port air pollution

When Port of Los Angeles leaders approved the environmental impact report for the China Shipping company's terminal in 2008, the Harbor Commission chairman at the time boasted that the project would be among the cleanest and greenest terminals in the world. Months later, however, port officials quietly waived some of the most ambitious pollution-cutting mandates, including a requirement that docked ships plug into electric power instead of idling their dirty diesel engines and another that trucks and yard equipment switch to cleaner fuels.

The secret concessions made by port officials under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were revealed last year, infuriating neighbors of the...

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