The Dirty Little Secret of LA-s Harbors

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The combined Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are a massive economic engine, but they-re also the biggest single source of air pollution in Southern California. That-s no secret to people who live in San Pedro or Wilmington. For years, they've complained of respiratory illnesses and high rates of cancer. Now, the Natural Resources Defense Council has compared the local ports to others around the country, handed out letter grades for pollution mitigation, and demanded a clean-up for the worst offenders. We hear from the NRDC and ask port authorities what they're doing to cut smog and protect local communities. NRDC attorney Julie Masters wrote the report, called -Harboring Pollution: the Dirty Truth about US Ports.- Geraldine Knatz directs environmental planning for the Port of Long Beach.
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Krikorian's article on libel suit against Governor Schwarzenegger

Air Quality Management District (AQMD)

California Air Resources Board

California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Coalition for Clean Air

NRDC report, Harboring Pollution

Port of Los Angeles

Port of Long Beach

LA Department of Cultural Affairs

Mayor Hahn's pledge to preserve Cultural Affairs Department



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Frances Anderton