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New emission rule to be delayed to avoid Port of Oakland work stoppage

Air Resources Board offers $11-million to help truckers meet tougher compliance standards

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums will join officials from state and local agencies and various trucking and community organizations this morning to announce an extension on a deadline for truckers serving the Port of Oakland to comply with tough new emissions standards.

The extension period will help avert a planned work stoppage by the truck drivers, who are required to retrofit or replace trucks that do not meet the new standards.

The extension period, along with $11 million allocated from the California Air Resources Board earlier this week, is designed to help truckers adhere to the new standards, which went into effect Friday.

The money from the state air resources board is expected to provide $5,000 apiece to help pay for more than 1,200 retrofits, and $50,000 for owners of 103 older trucks to buy new ones.

Under the new standards, drayage trucks manufactured in 1993 or earlier are prohibited from entering ports and other trucks must install a costly new diesel particulate filter. The measure is intended to clean up the air and provide healthier living conditions in communities such as West Oakland that are near ports and rail yards where trucks emit large amounts of diesel.

Earlier this year, a total of $22 million in funding was obtained to help truckers pay part of the cost for retrofitting or replacing trucks that did not meet the new standards.

The funding came from the air district, the Port of Oakland, the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

However, many truckers were denied the funds when the initial $22 million ran out.

The extension period expected to be announced today will apply to all trucks that service the Port of Oakland.

Truckers who had applied for the original $22 million but were denied will have until Friday to express interest in the new funds, and until Jan. 15 to fill out all the paperwork to apply for the money, according to Dellums spokesman Paul Rose.

At the end of the two-week period, truckers who have gone through the process and received a purchase request for a new diesel particulate filter will be granted waivers to operate at the Port until April 30.

The announcement is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Hearing Room 4 on the second floor of Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Along with Dellums, Cynthia Marvin from the California Air Resources Board, Jack Broadbent from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Omar Benjamin from the Port of Oakland, and representatives from trucking and community organizations are expected to attend.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by judy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

Delayed for 2 *%@ weeks !!....How about postponing INDEFINITELY !!
This insanity will further knock out our economy. Bureaucrats...useless ZEALOTS APPOINTED carrying out their personal obsessions. Not only a further blow to our CA economy by interferring with the flow of goods, but also puts 1,200 independent individual truck OWNER/drivers OUT OF AN INCOME. ..placing them on public assistance. ...The ignorant, selfish, obsessed green gestapo nuts are overpaid...living off us, and.... destroying CA in the process. Most independent drivers do not have the $20,000 - $50,000 to retrofit their truck. This very misleading headline implies $11 million solves everything ...wrong. They've placed a $5,000.. limit per truck for these 1,200... which wouldn't buy a set of tires and doesn't make a dent in a retrofit.....that would satisfy their ridiculous restrictions.


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Posted by How Stupid
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

I cannot believe we continue to elect these idiots. About the only thing Oakland has going for it is the port and most of those items come in from Japan to be conveyed to NUMMI in Fremont which will be closing in March. I guess if I were a trucker I would just move down the state to Long Beach or up north. Why bankrupt yourself to fulfill some wacko environmental mandate. By the way, Broadbent makes over $300,000 per year. Maybe he could pony up.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:50 am

"I cannot believe we continue to elect these idiots"... If I'm not mistaken, the majority of those making the rules applied to these truckers are appointed, not elected. Perhaps there in lies the problem...


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Posted by How Stupid
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2010 at 6:49 am

Jerry,

They have been appointed by the idiots we have elected. Case in point, Jack Broadbent was selected and nominated by our Football playing supervisor Scott Haggerty another genius.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 6, 2010 at 2:25 am

Didn't someone have Haggerty over a fence not long ago...:)


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Posted by Nick
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm

California is on the brink of bankruptcy because of the idiots on the California Air Resource Board, CARB, and the greenies that have convinced a judge to turn off pumps that send water to farms in Fresno. There are farms being destroyed by the lack of water and thousands of people are out of work. Finally Diane Fienstein has ask for scientific proof that the pumps are killing the smelt. Now the greenies are up in arms because someone is disagreeing and standing up to them. All these people are appointed by politicians. These elected officials have to be voted out and CARB and the water resource board have to be dismantled before it's too late.


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