LRTC is committed to the long-term environmental health of the marine terminal and as an integral part of west Contra Costa County. We are continually looking for ways to improve operations by reducing diesel emissions through new technology and equipment. Cargo handling equipment was being retrofitted or replaced with Tier IV diesel engines that meet the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) requirements for marine cargo equipment.
LRTC is using advanced technology for the handling of our wastewater. We use our recycled water within the marine terminal for dust suppression. We have established stormwater programs in all of our yard areas. We have installed sediment traps in the storm drains that are monitored regularly, periodically replaced, and constantly cleaned. Covered conveyor systems and continually improved cargo containment techniques have assisted in keeping the marine terminal clean with minimal dust. New water trucks and sweepers keep the terminal and surrounding areas in excellent condition.
LRTC uses best practices in all aspects of cargo handling and is constantly investing in new and better ways to improve for the welfare of our employees and the community of Richmond, California. We purchased a high capacity portable ship loader in 2010 which has allowed us to load vessels faster while reducing emissions. In 2012 we installed a 320 foot long covered conveyor bridge that incorporates best practices while moving cargo through the yard. Long-term plans are to retrofit our dry bulk conveyors with new belts, scrapers, covers, pans and high-pressure water sprays.
Our sister company, the Richmond Pacific Railroad Corporation, received Moyer Grants from the Bay Area Air Quality District to retrofit its three locomotives with completely rebuilt diesel engines. This has maximized fuel efficiency and significantly reduced diesel particulate matter emissions. Each of the three locomotives has advanced automatic shutdown systems that save fuel and reduce emissions. The Richmond Pacific Railroad, in cooperation with the California Air Resource Board and National Railway Equipment has been testing the first locomotive built to conform to EPA Tier 4 emissions standards. The locomotive, a two engine "gen-set" locomotive, has been in operation since early 2013. This locomotive conforms to the highest emissions standards that the EPA has instituted, and is one of the cleanest operating locomotives currently operating.
A greener future means changing the way we do our jobs every day. In line with LRTC's commitment to stewardship, our personnel are being trained in pollution prevention, storm water management, spill response, and best management practices. Many of our employees live and work in the Richmond. Our employees are committed to improving the environment by applying best management practices to material handling and reducing diesel emissions.
Recycling is the processing of used materials that are no longer suitable for their original purpose. The end products of the recycling process are remanufactured into new products, reducing waste, and keeping valuable materials out of landfill. Recycling is one of the most important things that we can do to improve the environment. LRTC's operations enable our customers to recycle waste products into remanufactured new products, reducing waste, and keeping valuable materials out of landfill. As an example, LRTC loads steel scrap into vessels which is exported to China and several other countries to be used in steel production.
A healthy economy also requires balance, and American companies deserve the opportunity to sell their goods in a competitive global market. Yet imported goods have come to dominate most U.S. ports, and we as a nation depend more and more on imports every day. Wherever we can balance the imports with exports, we can retain jobs and economic development in our nation and region.
Stewardship goes beyond ownership. LRTC's waterfront site is a critical asset for the company and for the region. Access to the Bay is a precious commodity, and we at LRTC see an obligation to use it carefully and maintain it well. We are committed to safegurarding and improving the quality of the San San Francisco Bay.
LRTC has provided service and jobs here since 1980. Our environmental, safety, and maintenance standards have risen over the years and will continue to improve. If we continue to be good stewards, LRTC's waterfront site will remain productive, valuable, and safe for decades to come.
The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is entrusted with developing the Bay Area Seaport Plan, ensuring that the region will always have the port capabilities needed to support our growing economy. The Levin Richmond Terminal is within the Port of Richmond, one of six working ports on the San Francisco Bay. We are unique in being a privately owned and operated bulk marine terminal in the San Francisco Bay.
Building a business that spans several generations means planning for the future. As a privately owned, family managed company, we at LRTC keep our eyes on our long-term goals.
The investments we are making today will position LRTC to thrive in a greener tomorrow. Investments in newer, more efficient, and cleaner equipment are essential for the local community and the Bay Area.
Redevelopment of former industrial properties is bringing office, commercial, and residential land uses closer to the Richmond waterfront. LRTC is investing in equipment and systems to operate efficiently and cleanly in this new environment.