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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

Diesel Trucks Serving Calif. Ports Must Cut Emissions

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The air around San Diego’s port terminals should become a little cleaner next year. But first, trucks traveling in and out of the terminals have to clean up their engines.

— The air around San Diego’s port terminals should become a little cleaner next year. But first, trucks traveling in and out of the terminals have to clean up their engines.

The California Air Resources Board has decided diesel trucks coming and going from the state’s ports must cut back on their emissions. Marguerite Elicone, who is with the Port of San Diego, said meeting the new emissions standards will require some big changes for the trucks.

“It’ll be law to have those trucks replaced or retrofitted with a new cleaner burning engine,” she said.

The new regulations will take effect next January. The port will hold a series of workshops beginning next week to let truck drivers know what they need to do. In addition to reducing emissions, trucks will also have to register with the state so it can better track how many trucks are entering local ports.

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