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Clean Ports Act Could Impact Trucking

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 @ 03:23 AM

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. introduced the Clean Ports Act of 2010 Thursday.

The new bill would amend the Federal Motor Carrier Act to allow ports to enact and enforce clean truck programs and increase federal requirements for environmental programs. According to a statement on Nadler's website, the amendment to federal law "would confirm that port cities like Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Oakland and Seattle have the authority to set the standards needed to replace diesel trucks with clean diesel and alternative energy vehicles."

Nadler believes that trucking, as a ubiquitous and central part of goods distribution, needs to reduce its environmental footprint as much as possible. The Clean Ports Act will update environmental law and allow port cities to enact clean truck programs.

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