Although the name might be a little misleading (none of these trucks are truly “clean”), the program isn’t truly greenwashing. It is a real initiative to reduce the emissions of semi trucks by restricting what kinds of trucks can go to the area under the Port of LA’s jurisdiction. By 2012, all trucks that do not meet the 2007 Federal Clean Trucks Emissions Standards will be banned for the Port. Older trucks (from before 1994) and trucks from 1994 to 2003 that have not been retrofitted to meet emissions standards are already banned. According to the Port, the program reduced truck emissions in the area by 70% in its first year.
It’s not a perfect program, but it is actually helping.
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