Southern California environment news and trends

Port of Los Angeles director lauded with conservation award

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Cargo cranes at the Port of Los Angeles.

It has been announced that Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, is among the 2012 recipients of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, specifically for “Excellence in Solutions.” The awards “celebrate outstanding achievements that lead to the protection of our coasts, oceans, and the communities that depend on them.” The Blue Frontier Campaign, a marine conservation group that works for the betterment of America’s coasts, presents the annual accolades.

The awards are named after the late author and famed conservationist Benchley, famous for penning such 1970s best-selling books as “Jaws” and “The Deep.” Knatz was chosen to receive the "Excellence in Solutions" award for her continued dedication to improving environmental efforts since being named Executive Director of the port in 2006.

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EPA rejects petition to ban popular herbicide

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The Environmental Protection Agency this week denied a request by the National Resources Defense Council that extensively used herbicide 2,4-D be taken off the market. The 2008 petition was denied because the EPA felt that the NRDC did not provide adequate evidence to their claims that the pesticide is indeed harmful to humans.

“This has been one of the most widely used and successful herbicides in history and growers along with other users around the U.S. and the world can continue to use it with confidence,” said Jim Gray, executive director of the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D research data in a press release. “EPA’s most recent decision is consistent with findings of other authorities such as the World Health Organization, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency and the European Commission.”

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Southern California wins big at EPA’s first Climate Leadership Awards

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The Port of Los Angeles was given a Climate Leadership award by the EPA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using this leap day to recognize the recipients of the first-ever Climate Leadership Awards, and Southern California is walking away with a slew of honors.

The awards aim to spotlight “corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in addressing climate change and reducing carbon pollution,” according to an EPA press release.

Of the 21 honorees, the lone “Individual Leadership” award went to Gene Rodrigues, the Director of Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar at Southern California Edison. San Diego Gas & Electric was one of two winners of the “Organizational Leadership” award, alongside IBM.

In the category of “Supply Chain Leadership,” Port of Los Angeles was recognized for “actively addressing emissions outsider their operations.”

“The Port of Los Angeles has worked hard to establish itself as an international leader in port-related greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts,” explained Geraldine Katz, Ph.D and Port Executive Director. “We're proud that many of our programs now serve as models for other ports around the world.”

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