OAKLAND (BCN) — Emissions from some of the cargo-handling equipment at the Port of Oakland will be cut by upgrades funded by a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, port officials said today.
The port announced it received a $277,885 grant through the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, to be used for upgrades at Oakland’s TraPac terminal.
TraPac owns one of five terminals operating in the Port of Oakland. The port has been making various efforts – such as programs intended to limit diesel emissions from trucks and ships — to incorporate cleaner practices.
By the end of 2016, TraPac expects to complete improvements to equipment used to load boxes onto delivery trucks, to four rubber-tired gantry cranes and to top-picks. This doesn’t account for all of TraPac’s equipment.
Port officials said the mechanisms would be re-engineered to use clean diesel engines or exhaust filters.
Carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen emissions from these pieces of equipment will be reduced more than 90 percent, port officials said.
Emissions of hydrocarbons and diesel particulate matter will be reduced by more than 40 percent.
“These reductions represent another great step toward our progress in meeting the port’s goal of reducing health risk related to diesel particular matter emissions by 85 percent,” Port of Oakland director of environmental programs and planning Richard Sinkoff said.
Spokesman Mike Zampa said the port is already 70 percent of the way to the goal.
While Zampa couldn’t say exactly how much of an impact TraPac’s upgrades will make toward the goal, he said the port is investigating reducing the number of idling trucks, converting to rail and reducing diesel emissions in other ways.