Schwarzenegger vetoes California air emissions bill

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed Assembly Bill 2042. This bill, if enacted, would have required the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, in conjunction with various state and local agencies, to develop a programme to severely restrict air emissions from ships, cargo handling equipment, locomotives, and commercial vehicles.

In his veto message, the Governor holds that the bill as proposed "will not reduce pollution in any way". He urges the creation of efficient measures through an innovative programme including financial and regulatory incentives. He recommends that such a programme should be coordinated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and urges the federal government to provide the necessary incentives and regulations rather than action at state or local level. INTERTANKO is in total agreement with the Governor's position.

Contact: Dragos Rauta