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									                             Office of the Mayor
                             City of Los Angeles

                    ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    Contact:      Darryl Ryan
December 5, 2007                                                       (213) 978-0741

                  GAS EMISSIONS

New environmental accord paves way for necessary expansion at the Port of Los
          Angeles, promotes use of solar power to reduce emissions

LOS ANGELES – Delivering on his promise to promote green growth at the Port
of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, joined by State Attorney General
Edmund G. Brown Jr., today announced a landmark environmental agreement to
ensure that future growth at the Port is accompanied by measures to “identify
and reduce” greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement complements actions taken by the Port Board of Harbor
Commissioners last night to approve the first major Environmental Impact Report
(EIR) in six years, which will allow the TransPacific Container Service Corp. to
expand and improve its terminals.

“Trade volume at the Port of Los Angeles is expected to triple in the next two
decades, and we must expand in order to capture the economic benefits of this
increased trade volume,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “In the 21st century, green
growth is a moral mandate. This agreement will allow the Port to fight global
warming without losing its economic vitality and momentum.”

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. commended Mayor Villaraigosa and the
Port of Los Angeles for their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of port-related

“This agreement contains several important measures to identify and
reduce the greenhouse gas emissions attributed to port operations,” said
Attorney General. “The City and Port are taking a leadership position in the
maritime industry.”
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The new memorandum of understanding between the Mayor and the Attorney
General is the latest in a series of environmental initiatives to green the port. In
November 2006, Mayor Villaraigosa led the Port of Los Angeles in adopting the
Clean Air Action Plan, which aims to reduce port-related emissions 45 percent by
2012 by targeting the Port’s five top pollution sources. Last month, the Ports of
Los Angeles and Long Beach adopted a ban that will prohibit old “dirty” diesel
trucks at the Ports by October 2008.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Port will build a 10 megawatt solar power
project to help reduce its fossil fuel dependency. The new solar plant will produce
enough clean energy to power nearly 1000 homes every year, resulting in an
emissions reduction equivalent to taking more than 1600 cars off the road.

In addition to the solar project, the Port will conduct a comprehensive annual
emissions inventory that measures pollution from a ship’s point of origin to its
destination. The port will annually report this data the California Climate Action
Registry, a program which gathers baseline emissions data about greenhouse
gases generated in California.

The new agreement also sets forth a framework for future Environmental Impact
Reports related to terminal expansion at the Port in order to avoid future climate
change related litigation by the Attorney General’s office.

Loyola Marymount University, where the new agreement was signed this
morning, has the largest rooftop solar panel installation of any university in the

“LA is renowned around the world for its abundant sunshine and it’s time we took
advantage of this God-given natural energy resource,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “I
am proud to say that Loyola Marymount University, where we stand today, has
the largest rooftop solar installation of any university in the world. If we are
looking for an answer to global warming and the energy crisis, we need only look
to Loyola Marymount University as a pioneering model for progress.”


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