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Environmentalists blast changes in NY-NJ port’s clean-trucks plan

An environmental group criticized as “disgraceful” a plan by the Port of New York and New Jersey to relax a Jan. 1, 2017, deadline for replacement of more than 6,000 port drayage trucks with newer vehicles.

The Coalition for Healthy Ports said the revised clean-air plan that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced last Thursday “will continue to allow older trucks to poison port-adjacent communities and trucking corridors.”

“The PANYNJ decision to virtually abandon its clean-air strategy and its corresponding tariffs truly speaks to the values of the port authority — profits over health at all costs,” the coalition said in a statement.

The revised truck-replacement plan would ban the approximately 400 port trucks with pre-1996 engines after Jan. 1, 2018, but would provide $11.2 million in port and federal funds to support a scrap-and-replace program for these trucks. The plan also would prohibit additional trucks with pre-2007 engines from joining the port’s registry after March of this year. The port authority pledged to continue pursuing additional grants to help finance replacement of older trucks.

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