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Pollution, whales prompt shipping slow-down in California

General August 12, 2014

Container ships waiting to pick up cargo at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors on December 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaConcerns about pollution and endangered whales in southern California have prompted six global shipping companies to try slower speeds in exchange for cash incentives, environmental groups said. The companies agreed to slow down — from typical speeds of 14-16 knots down to 12 knots or less — in exchange for $2,500 each time they pass through the Santa Barbara Channel. The program was announced this month by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, the Environmental Defense Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.


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