COSCO diverting cargo from LA port to Long Beach because of environmental restrictions, LA port chief says
China Cosco Shipping Corp., the world’s fourth largest shipping line, is diverting its cargo away from the Port of Los Angeles to its competitor in Long Beach because of more lax environmental rules at its terminal there, the chief of the L.A. port said Thursday.
The Chinese company, one of the most important players in the twin port complex, “made a strategic decision to move cargo away from our Berth 100 Port of Los Angeles to their terminal in Long Beach because they have less stringent mitigation measures at that facility,” Gene Seroka told the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Representatives of China Shipping could not be reached for comment.
The announcement came a day before Los Angeles was set to release a much-anticipated environmental report stemming from a 2001 lawsuit involving China Shipping L.A. terminal expansion. Environmentalists hope the new draft EIR will force the carrier to impose anti-pollution measures that can be costly.
David Pettit, a lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of residents and local groups, said he fears the new plan will be “a lot of big talk and no enforceability.”
The more than 15-year-old lawsuit had imposed tough pollution-cutting measures established in an environmental document in 2008. But in 2015, the port revealed several of those clean-air mandates had not been met. Required nondiesel-burning trucks never showed up at the terminal as pledged and ships weren’t plugging in to clean electricity for shore power at the rates required.
(6 days ago, by arnekiel
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