Port of Long Beach Kicks Off Middle Harbor Project – On Monday, May 14, civic and industry leaders gathered for a ceremonial lease signing on the docks of the Port of Long Beach to celebrate the kickoff of the $1.2 billion Middle Harbor project. The project, a highly advanced terminal that will feature the cleanest and most modern technologies available to move cargo, is part of a $4.5 billion port-wide investment slated for the coming decade.

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New Initiative to Boost Exports – Commerce Secretary John Bryson and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, have launched an environmental technology initiative which builds on President Obama’s National Export Initiative. This new initiative includes a web-based tool that will help environmental firms find the tools and information they need to sell their goods abroad.

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A New Electric Freight Trucking System – Siemens Corp., an electrical engineering company, has developed a highway electrification system that uses overhead electrical wires to transmit energy to freight trucks in select vehicle lanes called “eHighway.” Siemens created this new technology to address the increasing carbon footprint of trucking and is currently working to implement a pilot project along Interstate 710 for trucks moving freight from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to inland points.

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E.U. Naval Forces Target Somali Pirate Base – For the first time, E.U. naval forces have attacked a land base used by Somali pirates. The multinational forces used helicopters from two warships to conduct airstrikes leaving five of the pirates’ fast attack crafts inoperable. This attack is a significant development in the war on Somali piracy.

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