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Tuesday June 2 was a long day of reporting for the Toxic Tour of the Bay team. The group arrived at the scene of the Oakland Port Commission meeting around 3:30pm and didn’t leave until nearly 9, only to find that the official vote on the Comprehensive Truck Management Plan–intended to cut port pollution 85 percent by 2020–was postponed until the June 16 meeting. The delay was caused in part by a recent amendment to the plan, which would ban all pre-1994 trucks from the port due to their older designs which spew more diesel exhaust than the newer trucks. Because the new amendment would change the CTMP’s requirement to retrofit all trucks that go in and out of the port to only post-1994 trucks, while banning the older ones, the commission asked for more time for review.

It was a day of mixed emotions and frustrations for environmentalists, truck drivers, Oakland residents and port commissioners alike. But even after all of that, our dedicated Spot.us reporter Kwan Booth rushed home to give us a recap on the Spot.us BlogTalkRadio show.

Get the inside scoop from Kwan Booth himself:

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