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Outreach to truck owners serving the Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego is asking truck owners who do business at the Port's Tenth Avenue and National City Marine Terminals if they would be willing to participate in a program to reduce air emissions. The outreach includes letters, phone calls, flyers, and workshops to inform truck owners of the program that would help pay for truck retrofitting or replacement to comply with forthcoming regulations intended to reduce diesel emissions.

Included in the outreach was a notice that money is available from the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District. The notice explains the basis of the program and summarizes some of the criteria required to be eligible for funds. About $2.9 million is available through the state's Goods Movement Emissions Reduction Plan approved by Proposition 1B. The California Air Resources Board is the state agency implementing the emissions reduction plan and the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District is the local agency responsible for administering the funding.

At the June 10 Board of Port Commissioners meeting, the Board authorized an agreement with the San Diego Air Pollution Control District for implementing the truck retrofit and replacement program.

Truck owners who voluntarily participate in the program will receive a range of subsidies from a combination of state grants and money provided by the Port of San Diego. The remainder of the retrofitting cost would be the responsibility of the truck owner. For example, for a truck to be retrofitted with a diesel particulate filter, the cost could be from $10,000 to $15,000. Under the program, the California Air Resources Board would contribute half of the cost, without exceeding $5,000. The Port would match this contribution up to $5,000.

The program also provides money for replacement of older model trucks. Replacing a truck could cost between $70,000 and $250,000. The California Air Resources Board would contribute half the cost, without exceeding $50,000 and the Port of San Diego would contribute half of the remainder, up to $50,000. A portion of these funds would go to the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District to pay for administering the program.

 

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