Issued: October 12, 2021

Environmental Health Coalition applauds the bold and clear action by the Port of San Diego to adopt an ambitious Maritime Clean Air Strategy (MCAS) today. The MCAS aims to transition to 100% pollution-free zero-emission heavy-duty trucks by 2030 and to achieve 40% by 2026. This one action will have enormous impacts on the portside communities of Barrio Logan and National City where 6000 diesel-polluting trucks traverse every month.  These communities are exposed to more diesel particulate matter pollution – which is known to cause cancer – than 95% of California. EHC is committed to environmental and economic justice and wholeheartedly supports the plans pledge to protect jobs. Despite intense industry opposition, the Board of Port Commissioners made the right call. Now Portside residents can breathe a little easier. EHC is optimistic about the potential for this plan to launch an ambitious strategy to make real change in the communities that need it most.

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