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March 10, 2008 1:30 PM, EDT

ATA Seeks to Block Calif. Port Talks Over Clean Trucks Proposals

American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference has asked the Federal Maritime Commission to block the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and terminal operators from discussing and entering into agreements related to the ports’ clean trucks program.

The IMCC called the ports’ plans an attempt to “enlist tenant marine terminal operators at their respective ports as the day-to-day enforcers of an unlawful ‘concession’ mechanism — a scheme unnecessary to achievement of the important environmental goals underlying the ports’ Clean Air Action Plan.”

At issue is whether the ports have the legal right to block drayage operators from entering if those operators fail to comply with certain provisions of the ports’ “concession” agreement.

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