Ships Take It Slow, Port Of Long Beach Wins EPA Clean Air Award

It doesn’t matter how many whole-grains, raw vegetables or Kombucha a person ingests. Unless you live in a hermetically-sealed, solar-powered cave, you’re taking in toxins. Plus, if you live in Long Beach or L.A., you’re breathing in the most toxic air out of anywhere in the U.S. But before you SoCal residents go and search the internet for a Louis-Vuitton gas mask, listen to this: the EPA, who is more judgemental than Simon Cowell on American Idol, just awarded the Port of Long Beach the Clean Air Excellence Award. Which at least means things are getting better.

Long Beach credits their Green Flag Incentive Program and the shipping industry’s efforts to participate. The program’s request are actually quite simple. For a reduced docking fee, ships are asked to voluntarily slow down a little sooner before entering the port. Think of a ship’s MPGs and emissions as those of a car but a lot bigger; don’t stomp on the throttle and don’t burn out of your parking spot, and you’ll probably suck through the fuel a little slower. Common sense, but the results are huge: The program is cutting 678 tons a year of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), 453 tons of sulfur oxides (SOx), 60 tons of diesel particulate matter (PM) and more than 26,000 tons of greenhouse gases.

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