By Eric Miller, Staff Reporter
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For some time, two things seemed certain for truckers in California: taxes and stiff environmental requirements. That didn’t change in 2010.
State environmental officials, facing pressure from federal regulators to improve the state’s poor air quality by 2014, continued their push to reduce heavy truck diesel emissions.
The same was true for officials at ports throughout the state, who have been feeling heat from citizens and political leaders to clean the dirty air in surrounding communities.
The good news for truckers has been that officials with the California Air Resources Board in 2010 began taking note of the devastating effects of the recession, granting some emissions reduction regulatory delays and offering cost-saving options to help ease the financial pain for carriers.