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LA, Long Beach ports' plan to clean up air pollution will cost as much as $14 billion

Release Date: 2017-07-19

Declaring it the largest environmental investment ever undertaken by a cargo complex to wean itself off diesel dependency, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials Wednesday unveiled their Clean Air Action Plan update, with a price tag that could reach $14 billion.

The latest installment in a decadelong effort to cut down pollution along the docks, which has already drastically reduced the toxic soup around the mammoth complex, aims to replace dirty-burning trucks and cargo-handling equipment with gear that produces zero, or almost zero, emissions.

Officials didn’t soft sell the price, acknowledging that it will place “an enormous financial burden on the ports and goods-movement industry,” even if government helps foot the bill.

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