Between new air-quality regulations, increasing fuel costs, a looming change in the port trucking industry and proposals for container fees, the cost of doing business in the port is going up, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports.
But the questions of who pays and how much are still unclear.
Port authorities and lawmakers, backed by the public, have made it clear that terminal expansion and related growth will not be tolerated until port-generated air emissions are brought down.
The Clean Air Action Plan adopted by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in November set strict new air emission goals for terminal operators, ocean carriers, harbor craft, freight trucks and railroad operators.
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