Monday, July 28, 2008

California ports adopt “world’s toughest pollution rules”

A new set of regulations will force ships pulling in-and-out of California ports “to burn low-sulfur diesel instead of the tar-like sludge known as bunker fuel,” reports the LA Times.

This is a really big deal for two reasons. One, this pollution has been killing residents in coastal community by causing respiratory and heart disease. Two, 43 percent of all U.S. imports move through the Southern Cal ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The new regulations should save 3,600 lives over six years, slash some cancer rates by 80 percent and save the State of California $6 billion in health care costs.

Increased cost to the shipping industry: $140 to $360 million per year. Small price to pay, says Pound360.


Alas, the shipping industry is fighting these regulation tooth-and-nail. They Pacific Merchant Shipping Association in particular has been fighting engine emission regulations in court for years.

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