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The American Trucking Associations filed suit on Monday in California challenging the proposed ?concession plans? to the Clean Trucks Program.

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ATA FILES SUIT: The American Trucking Associations filed suit on Monday in California challenging the proposed “concession plans” to the Clean Trucks Program being introduced at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. According to the ATA, the plans involve “intrusive regulatory systems [that] will result in far fewer trucking companies being able to service the ports, reducing competition.” Bill Graves, president and chief executive officer of the ATA, said the association supports the ports’ clean-air initiatives, but believes the concession plans establish an “intrusive and unnecessary regulatory structure.”

The Port of Long Beach said it would continue the scheduled implementation of the Clean Trucks Program despite the lawsuit. “We have worked closely with the trucking and shipping industries to develop a workable program. It is disappointing that the ATA is seeking to impede this critical air-quality initiative,” said Richard D. Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “Despite this litigation, we are still moving full-speed ahead toward our goal of reducing pollution from the truck fleet by 80 percent by 2012.”

AUSTRALIAN WOOL APPOINTMENT: Edwin Nazario, 49, has been appointed as senior vice president for the Americas by Australian Wool Innovation and will oversee marketing in the region. Nazario has more than 20 years’ experience in the apparel industry and was most recently president of ENF Corp., which specializes in tailored men’s and women’s clothing. Prior to that, he served as president of North American Fashion Group, vice president of sales for GFT Mexico and national sales director for the Giorgio Armani division of GFT Canada.

A STAY-AT-HOME SUMMER: Americans didn’t start the summer by hitting the road. According to the Federal Highway Administration, Americans drove 9.6 billion fewer miles in May compared with May 2007. This represents the largest drop in “vehicle miles traveled” for any May, a month that generally sees a bump in mileage due to the Memorial Day holiday. Mary E. Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, said Americans have driven nearly 30 billion fewer miles during the first five months of this year compared with last year.

POLARTEC HIRES MARKETING MANAGER: Polartec LLC has appointed Allon Cohne as North American marketing manager. Cohne previously worked as director of marketing and sales for Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif.