By  on October 27, 2009

NEW YORK — The controversial Clean Trucks Program at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has reached its first anniversary, cleared a major legal hurdle and is well ahead of its goal to reduce air pollution.

The Clean Trucks Program was launched on Oct. 1, 2008, with the goal of lowering air pollution from the more than 16,000 trucks working in the ports by 80 percent by 2012. The program called for a progressive phase out of older model trucks, first banning truck models older than 1988. In February of this year, both Long Beach and Los Angeles started collecting a fee of $35 per 20-foot container for goods that weren’t being moved by clean trucks. This, said the ports, spurred the industry to purchase new trucks faster than expected.

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