- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - City officials are acknowledging for the second time in recent months that the Port of Los Angeles failed to meet requirements to reduce pollution at a shipping terminal.

An audit by the city-owned port found that the TraPac terminal near Wilmington did not comply with measures to improve air quality that were adopted years ago, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (https://lat.ms/1Q9XD4z ).

While docked, cargo ships failed to shut down their engines and plug into electricity on shore as required in an effort to reduce diesel emissions, the report says. Ships used power at the TraPac terminal 53 percent of the time last year, far below the requirement of 80 percent, according to documents released last week under the California Public Records Act.

The port also did not check that terminal equipment used the cleanest possible diesel engines by 2014, which the city required, the review found. Those emissions standards were met by 105 of 135 pieces of equipment by that year, it said.

TraPac did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Gene Seroka, the port’s executive director of two years, blamed construction that stopped ships from using power on shore and last year’s labor-related congestion problems, which left more than two dozen ships waiting outside the port to unload cargo.

Port officials said last fall that they had failed to enforce similar mandates for years at the China Shipping North America terminal near San Pedro.

Together, TraPac and China Shipping handle about one-third of the containers moving through the port.

Despite emissions reductions in recent years, the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is the largest single air polluter in Southern California, with top contributors including diesel-fueled cargo ships and trucks, the newspaper said.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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