Los Angeles port paid $5M, firm got out of air quality rule

Mar 24, 2016 8:20 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Port of Los Angeles paid $5 million to outfit 17 oceangoing ships with a clean power system, then didn't get the expected air quality benefits when the Chinese company that owned the cargo vessels stopped docking them in LA.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that port officials quietly agreed in 2009 to let China Shipping ignore a mandate that all ships plug into power supplied from shore instead of running their engines, which spew huge amounts of exhaust.

The harbor is ringed by working-class communities which already have the worst air in Los Angeles.

Waiver in hand, China Shipping began sending ships LA paid to retrofit on other routes. According to shipping records the newspaper reviewed, by 2010 nine of the 17 ships stopped calling on LA.

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