About 90 percent of the heavy-duty trucks serving terminals at the Port of Tacoma are meeting the port's 2010 clean truck standards
Here, a container is loaded onto a truck at the Port of Tacoma. (Photo courtesy of Port of Tacoma)
, according to a recent study released to the Port commissioners. The figures account for 4 percent more clean trucks than a year ago.
The Port of Tacoma Clean Truck Program, aimed at reducing port-related diesel particulate emissions, requires trucks to have 1994 model-year engines or newer.
In addition, the study found that 6 percent of trucks serving the port meet the 2015 standard, 2 percent greater than last year. The 2015 mandate requires trucks to have 2007 model-year engines or newer. The recent truck study was based on 3,100 short-haul trucks that regularly serve terminals on the Tacoma Tideflats.
The Port adopted the clean air goals in early 2008 as part of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, a partnership among the Port of Tacoma, Port of Seattle and Port Metro Vancouver, B.C. The strategy outlines jointly established short- and long-term clean air goals for ships, cargo-handling equipment, rail, trucks and harbor craft.
In 2009, the Port of Tacoma launched its clean truck program, adopting the regional strategy's goals as standards.