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Long Beach: $46.4 million Port Mitigation Fund Approved

At its July 25 meeting, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners authorized the framework for a voluntary $46.4 million program to lessen the impacts of port-related pollution on the community.

The investment adds to the $17.4 million the Port of Long Beach has already awarded for community-based environmental mitigation. Disbursements will occur over a period of 12 to 15 years.  

Previous Community Mitigation grants helped pay for air-filtration systems at schools, renewable energy projects, energy efficiency upgrades and asthma outreach health programs.

Before the port could consider establishing a new mitigation-related program, state law required the completion of a study identifying the port's cumulative impacts to air, traffic, noise and water. The study, released in April, valued the impacts at $46.4 million.

"As commissioners, we live in Long Beach, so we understand that for the port to do well, we must do good," said Harbor Commission President Lori Annuzmán. "Being the Green Port is in our DNA, and our record as being leaders on the environmental front while being good neighbors is unparalleled. The proposed community mitigation program is the latest example of our longstanding and long-term commitment to the environment and Long Beach."

Funding awards will begin in 2017.

I Dig Long Beach volunteers planted trees at a middle school in April 2016. The Port of Long Beach gave $671,200 from the Community Mitigation Grants Program to plant an urban forest of 6,000 trees in the city by 2020.

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