Southland air regulators seek to hold ports to pollution targets

Air quality regulators, embarking on a bold new strategy to reduce smog in Southern California, want to hold the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach responsible for their pledges to cut pollution from thousands of trucks, ships and trains carrying goods to and from the nation's largest port complex.

If a rule proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District is adopted, it could open the door to similar regulations on other facilities that are magnets for truck and rail traffic, such as warehouses, distribution centers and rail yards.

The ports, which are publicly owned, and industry groups are fighting the rule and vow to file suit if it is approved. The ports have slashed emissions under a voluntary plan adopted in 2006. Ports officials say the air district should not penalize them if they fail to achieve the remaining goals in the plan.

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