Proposal to Launch First Round of POLB Air Quality Grant Program Considered Today

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The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners today, Monday, April 19, at 5 p.m. is scheduled to consider a proposal to launch the first round of Port Grant Programs designed to address community health impacts from port-related air and noise pollution.

The Port proposes to issue a call for applications by April 26 for its “schools and related sites” grant program, one of three Port Grant Programs designated for funding last year by the Harbor Commission. Two workshops are also proposed in May to help people and organizations apply for the schools and related sites funds.

The Port Grant Programs were established in 2009 to address the cumulative environmental impacts from projects to redevelop and modernize the Port of Long Beach. With the approval of the Port’s Middle Harbor Redevelopment project also in 2009, the Harbor Commission agreed to set aside $15 million for the Port Grant Programs to be divided evenly among the programs for schools and related sites, health-care and senior facilities, and a third for greenhouse gas reduction.

If the grant program guidelines and schedule are approved by the Harbor Commission today, the schools and related sites program would be the first of the Port Grant Programs to move forward. Next, the Port would move forward with the health-care and senior facilities program. And then the greenhouse gas program.

The Port would hold at least two workshops to help schools and related sites apply for the grant funding:

  • 4 p.m. May 6 at Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St. Long Beach, 90810.
  • 7 p.m. May 11, Main Library Meeting Room, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, 90822 (parking in Broadway Parking Structure, enter from Broadway, between Cedar and Pacific avenues).

Once the proposals have been submitted, a five-member advisory committee consisting of three community members appointed by the Long Beach mayor, a representative of industry and a representative of regulatory agencies, will review the requests and make recommendations to Port staff. Port staff will then make recommendations for funding to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which will make the final decisions on the grants.

The agenda and live webcast for the Board’s 5 p.m. meeting today at the Port Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza, 90802, are available at Port of Long Beach website.

Updates and application forms will be posted at the Port Grant Programs website.

Contact: Art Wong, Port of Long Beach Assistant Director of Communications/Public Information Officer, (562) 590-4123, (562) 619-5665 (cell), or wong@polb.com.

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