AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Results will be shared between the ports and environmental regulatory agencies, including the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The public also will be able to review pollution data on the Web sites of both ports. “We need to know the good and bad news around the harbor district,” said Robert Kanter, planning and environmental affairs director with the Port of Long Beach. Historically, the pollution data gathered for the region has been from AQMD monitoring stations close to Long Beach Airport, Kanter said. The data are important, he said, but were not presented in real time. The air quality monitoring network and a memorandum of understanding to set it up are scheduled for final approval by the L.A. Harbor Commission on Thursday and the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Jan. 9. LONG BEACH – The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have tentatively agreed to set up a coordinated air-quality monitoring system to measure pollutants above Southern California’s massive port complex, officials at the two agencies said Thursday. Calling it a milestone pact, officials said the system will aid future air-quality improvement efforts and provide a snapshot of the dirty air that moves into neighboring residential areas. The project will gather air samples and data from four monitoring stations already at the Port of Los Angeles, and two stations to be designed and located at the Port of Long Beach. International trade has been booming at both ports, contributing to concerns about emissions from a growing number of trucks, ships and trains. “A collaborative air quality monitoring program will provide the clearest picture of the extent that port-related operations impact the quality of the air we breathe,” said Ralph Appy, environmental management director at the Port of L.A. The monitoring stations in Long Beach are being designed and, after commission approval, likely will be ordered and then installed in four to five months. “We want the monitors to be in a good location,” Kanter said. “We’ll spread them out so that there’s good geographic coverage.” Long Beach will spend $1 million. Commissioners in November approved the money to contract with San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation to build the monitors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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