Environmentalists sue Long Beach over truck deal

AP News
Posted: Jan 05, 2010 10:40 AM

Environmentalists are suing the port of Long Beach over its decision to settle a federal lawsuit challenging its authority to regulate trucking in and around the port.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in state court last week over the closed-door deal. They claim port and city officials violated state law requiring public involvement and an environmental review before agreeing to a deal with the American Trucking Associations.

The deal involves settling certain aspects of the Clean Trucks program, which is aimed at reducing diesel emission around the port.

Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon said a federal judge approved the settlement with the ATA, and that the new lawsuit doesn't belong in state court.