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Air Pollution from Port of Long Beach Increased Amid Pandemic Congestion, Report Shows

The pandemic-induced disruptions caused historic congestion that forced a backlog of ships to sit anchored near the coast.

Unprecedented congestion at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic drove up emissions from the agencies’ operations after being down for years, according to a report released Monday.

Supply chain disruptions have plagued U.S. businesses and consumers for years, beginning with the Trump administration’s trade war with China in 2018. The pandemic-induced disruptions, however, caused historic congestion that forced a backlog of ships to sit anchored near the coast, emitting pollutants all the while.

“No one could have foreseen this once-in-a-lifetime event, but we are not discouraged by this temporary impediment, and our goal to be a zero-emissions port remains,” Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon Weissman said in a statement.

Read more at the Long Beach Business Journal

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