U.S. Steel hit with $740K in fines over pollution control, other violations

U.S. Steel hit with $740K in fines over pollution control, other violations

January 17, 2020–TribLive.com

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued $743,625 in fines to U.S. Steel related to air pollution control and permit violations that occurred at the Clairton Coke Works facility last year, according to a statement from the health department Friday. This is the first round of fines that will be added to a Community Benefit Trust established by a June 2019 settlement agreement between the health department and U.S. Steel. That agreement covered $2.7 million in fines related to 2018 air pollution violations and early 2019 enforcement orders. Of that total, about $2.5 million — or 90% — was used to initiate the new Community Benefit Trust. That money will be used to benefit communities impacted by air pollution and includes the municipalities of Clairton, Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue, according to the settlement.

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Clean Air Action Plan: What’s the Action to Clear the Air?

Clean Air Action Plan: What’s the Action to Clear the Air?

January 16, 2020–theLog.com

The Wilmington oil spill of 2016 was a reminder to the boaters who dock in Wilmington and San Pedro of the perils they might face while co-existing with commercial ships. In 2016 it was an oil spill caused by one ship. A Los Angeles Times report almost four years later says many of the ships coming into the Port of Los Angeles are the dominant source of air pollution in the region – which includes marinas, restaurants, tourist destinations, offices and residences. Complicating the Times report: the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are jointly working on a Clean Air Action Plan update. The plan seeks to establish a zero-emission future at both ports, which, collectively, are one of the busiest in the world.

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Coastal City Moves to Ban Coal Exports, Cutting Off a Major Port

Coastal City Moves to Ban Coal Exports, Cutting Off a Major Port

January 16, 2020–TheEpochTimes.com 

A coastal city in California is moving to ban coal exports, shutting down a port that handles about one-quarter of the coal exports from the U.S. West Coast. While many media reported that Richmond’s city council passed the ban into law on Jan. 14, the ordinance only passed one round of voting and it will go to a second reading sometime in the next few weeks before the council takes a final vote. Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, who is a big supporter of the ban, told The Epoch Times, “It’s pretty well known that coal is among the worst—if not the worst of fossil fuels—for air pollution, contributions to greenhouse gases and global warming. It’s really an unfortunate choice and it’s really unfortunate that it’s still around.”

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Smooth Sailing for Ships After Historic Fuel Switch

Smooth Sailing for Ships After Historic Fuel Switch

January 14, 2020–wsj.com

A major switch in maritime fuel aimed at reducing emissions from ships is proceeding smoothly, shipping executives say, with new blends available in most ports and operators reporting few problems adapting to the fuel. The mandatory change began on Jan. 1, when some 60,000 oceangoing vessels were ordered by the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations’ marine regulator, to slash their sulfur emissions by more than 80%. It is the first in a series of environmental steps the maritime industry is due to take in the coming years that will alter operating costs and raise fundamental questions about how ships should be powered. To comply with the 2016 Paris climate accord, members of the IMO have also agreed to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to half of their 2008 level by 2050. Ships now contribute up to 3% of the world’s global air pollution, a share comparable to that of a major country.

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At Sea-Tac Airport, Where Emissions are Rising, Gov. Inslee Pitches Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

At Sea-Tac Airport, Where Emissions are Rising, Gov. Inslee Pitches Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

January 13, 2020–AviationPros.com

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday promoted a statewide low-carbon fuel standard during a visit at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, saying the policy would increase access to biofuels for the aviation industry, a portion of the economy that’s particularly challenging for reducing greenhouse gases. Aviation fuels are exempt from the proposed statewide policy, but airline fuel suppliers could opt into the program and earn credits, and potentially money, from the program. Inslee thinks the policy’s financial incentives would push fuel suppliers to develop supply chains for biofuel.

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Seeking Environmental Justice in California’s “Diesel Death Zones”

Seeking Environmental Justice in California’s “Diesel Death Zones”

January 10,2020–Grist.org

Starting in October 2008, the Clean Trucks Program prohibited all truck models built before 1989 from accessing the ports. By 2012, any trucks that didn’t meet the 2007 Federal Clean Truck Emissions Standards were also barred. In 2018, any new trucks servicing the ports were required to be 2014 models or newer.As a result of the program, diesel particulate matter emissions at both ports have dropped 97 percent, nitrogen oxides (which form smog) have been reduced by 79 percent, and sulfur oxides (a component of acid rain) has fallen 91 percent, according to the Port of Long Beach. Both ports are now beginning to push for more near-zero or zero-emissions fleets and are considering offering rebates to drivers who update their trucks.“Turning over an entire fleet of trucks certainly made an impact on air quality,” Durum says, “It really did demonstrate the power of coalition-building, taking on a really ambitious challenge, and pushing forward a policy platform that was visionary in many ways and that aimed to be truly sustainable.” Efforts like the Clean Trucks Program at the San Pedro Bay Ports Complex and truck reroute out of neighborhoods like Mira Loma are avenues for environmental justice communities to start reclaiming their livelihoods. “This community for a while has felt very helpless,” Victoria says. “Being able to achieve a restricted truck route has given them a little glimmer of hope.

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Corvus Batteries Order for Hybrid Port Cranes

Corvus Batteries Order for Hybrid Port Cranes

January 08, 2020-GreenPort.com

Corvus Energy has been awarded a contract to supply batteries for new fuel-efficient hybrid port cranes to be used by a US port authority to reduce emissions, fuel costs and noise. The contract to supply Corvus Orca Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for 25 new battery-hybrid Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) cranes is with CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) and ZPMC. The battery-hybrid RTG cranes will be deployed by the South Carolina Port Authority (SCPA) and are expected to reduce fuel consumption by up to 65% compared to conventional diesel electric port cranes.

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Carnival Corporation to Debut 4 New Cruise Ships in 2020

Carnival Corporation to Debut 4 New Cruise Ships in 2020

January 08, 2020-WorldMaritimeNews.com

Carnival Corporation & plc., the world’s largest cruise company, is set to launch four new cruise ships in 2020 across four of its cruise line brands. The new ships will join the Carnival Corporation’s fleet of eleven next-generation cruise ships through 2025 that can be powered by LNG. LNG is an advanced fuel technology by eliminating sulfur and significantly improving overall air emissions. This will mark the first new ship for P&O Cruises since 2015 and when it joins the UK fleet in May, it will launch as the British line’s first LNG-powered ship. The introduction of the four new ships in 2020 is part of Carnival Corporation’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy, with sixteen new ships scheduled to be delivered through 2025.

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Mercedes-Benz and Geely establish smart brand electric vehicle JV

Mercedes-Benz and Geely establish smart brand electric vehicle JV

January 08, 2020-GreenCarCongress.com

Mercedes-Benz AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) have formally established the global joint venture “smart Automobile Co., Ltd.” for the smart brand after receiving the regulatory approvals. The total registered capital of the joint venture will be 5.4 billion RMB (US$778 million) to transform smart into a leading player in premium-and intelligent electrified vehicles. As part of the vehicle-development program, the smart product portfolio will be extended into the fast-growing B-segment that are in line with smart’s brand positioning with a focus on pure premium electric and connected vehicles.

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US$1.8M GRANT TO INVEST IN ECO EQUIPMENT

US $1.8M Grant to Invest in ECO Equipment

January 07, 2020-GreenPort.com

A port on the east coast of the US has secured a US$1.8m grant to replace diesel-powered equipment with more environmentally friendly versions to reduce emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore a grant using Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds. The grant will cover about 44 dray trucks and four pieces of cargo-handling equipment, such as forklifts, yard tractors and other heavy cargo machinery. It’s estimated that the replacement equipment acquired for the port through the DERA grant will result in a lifetime reduction of emissions output of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.

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