Major Renovation Approved for Port of Long Beach

A 10-year, $750-million renovation at the Port of Long Beach has received the go-ahead from port authorities.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved an environmental impact report for the massive project despite objections from several environmental groups.

Construction could begin as early as December if the project wins approval from the City Council.

The project would consolidate and expand two aging terminals. When finished, it would double the amount of cargo passing through them.

Port officials also say the project will sharply reduce pollution by using electric cranes, providing dockside electrical service so ships can turn off their diesel engines, expanding rail service and requiring the use of low-emission trucks to haul away the cargo.

The port also said the project could create 14,000 jobs.

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