The Port of Los Angeles is a major economic engine for Southern California, with plans underway to expand it to three times its present size. It-s also a major source of air pollution. After years of pressure from local homeowners, the Port has produced a $425,000 study of the nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, diesel particulates and other pollutants that come from ships, cargo equipment, trucks and railroads. Homeowners say that the one answer still alludes them is how Mayor Jim Hahn can make good on his promise that the Port triple in size, without a corresponding increase in dirty air. Warren Olney speaks with homeowners, environmentalists and the Mayor's office.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Coughlin, Phelps Cause Stir at Olympics Swim Trials Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games. Nobody-s ever done that since, but this year, Michael Phelps has a shot. In women-s swimming, there may never have been a natural talent like Natalie Coughlin, whose injuries kept her out of the Olympics four years ago. Kent Schacht, who's covering the Olympic Swim Trials in Long Beach for NBCOlympics.com, has more.
Port news release on blueprint for achieving no net increase in air emissions
Homeowners' suit against port expansion
NRDC report on ports being largest urban polluters
2004 Olympic Games
Long Beach Olympic Swim Trials
Schact's article today's swimming trials