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Mixed report card on Port of Long Beach air pollution

Emissions of greenhouse gases continued to rise at the Port of Long Beach in 2007 -- 7%. But some other types of pollution did drop, according to a study released by the port. Details from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

A tally collected by the Port of Long Beach shows drops in five of eight pollutant categories produced by ships, trucks, trains and dockside equipment from 2005, when the last comprehensive study was performed, to 2007.

Figures for 2008 will be available by early summer.

Decreases are attributed to, among other measures, state and federal clean-fuel laws, the introduction of new marine terminal equipment, port-funded incentive programs and better traffic control.

Among the most significant findings is a 21 percent drop in toxic diesel emissions, from 1,040 tons annually in 2005 to 824 tons in 2007. That drop is important because diesel soot is blamed for highly elevated asthma, cancer and heart disease rates in communities surrounding the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

--Shelby Grad

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