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August 5, 2009 > Millions available to reduce Port of Oakland truck pollution

Millions available to reduce Port of Oakland truck pollution

Submitted By Ralph Bormann

Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the regional agency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area, announced a new $2M federal grant to supplement the $20M in state and local funds to install diesel exhaust filters and replace old trucks to reduce particulate emissions at the Port of Oakland.

Port truckers with model year 2003 or older vehicles can apply for funding to install the particulate filter device at the Port of Oakland's OT411 Truck Information Center, 11 Burma Road, Oakland, CA 94607.

"I'm pleased this long overdue pollution control program is in progress," said Margaret Gordon, VP, Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. My hope is now that this serious air pollution problem has been recognized, my community can breathe easier sooner rather than later."

According to statewide regulation, after Jan 1, 2010, many older trucks without particulate filters will be prohibited from entering the port and will be ineligible for retrofit funding. The Air District is processing the applications submitted for Prop. 1B funding and offering new funding for retrofits on a first-come, first served basis.

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