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The Port of Los Angeles enacted its Clean Truck Program to control air pollution linked to cancer and respiratory diseases in the so-called "diesel death zone" created by trucks, ships and trains. Truck emissions are down by 80 percent, a boon for low-income residents near the Port and for the rest of the LA Basin. But today, conservatives on the US Supreme Court indicated they might strike down the program, not based on public health but on an obscure provision of federal law. We hear a report on the impact of air pollution around the Port, talk to both sides and hear what the Supreme Court Justices had to say.

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Banner image: Port of Los Angeles' green terminal equipment

Anna Scott
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Tena Rubio

Main Topic Living in the 'Diesel Death Zone' 20 MIN, 14 SEC

The US Supreme Court heard arguments today in a case that could weaken efforts to clean up the air at the Port of Los Angeles, a major source of the air pollution linked to cancer and respiratory diseases in Southern California. The case is a challenge to the Port's Clean Truck Program, by the American Trucking Association. What has diesel pollution done to community health around the port complex? How difficult is it to clean up? Independent producer Tena Rubio has this report.



This story was edited by Matt Holzman for KCRW's Independent Producer Project and for the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships.

Main Topic US Supreme Court Takes Up Port's Clean Air Policy 15 MIN, 31 SEC

The Clean Truck Program was enacted in 2008, and immediately challenged by the American Trucking Association. Today, the case reached the US Supreme Court and Jeremy Jacobs was there for Greenwire, a non-partisan environmental news service. 

Jeremy Jacobs, Greenwire (@GreenwireJeremy)
Rich Pianka, American Trucking Association
Melissa Lin-Perrella, Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC)


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