World Class Ports Mean World Class Smog

Southern California's Air Quality Management District seeks to impose fees on freight train operators that fail to lower smog-forming emissions.
March 12, 2004, 5am PST | Erin Clark
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"The expanding rail yards east of Los Angeles, brimming with foreign cargo from the area's two ports, are a brawny symbol of Southern California's growing stature as one of the world's great crossroads of international trade. But the economic bonanza is exacting a rising price. Exhaust and soot from diesel locomotives, ships and planes are dirtying the air in neighborhoods from Wilmington to Commerce, threatening to undermine decades of progress toward healthful air."

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Published on Sunday, March 7, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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