Events & News

New battery-powered drayage truck to be tested at Oakland Port


Emissions at Historic Low While Cargo at Historic High at Port of Los Angeles


Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) EXPO 2017 - September 17-19 Long Beach, California


Northeast Diesel Collaborative Partners Meeting, Newark, NJ, September 25-26


AAPA Annual Convention, Port of Long Beach, October 1-4


Vibrant Ports, Healthy Ports Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, October 24

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EPA's Ports Initiative works in collaboration with the port industry, communities, and all levels of government to improve environ-mental performance and increase economic prosperity. This effort helps people living and working near ports across the country breathe cleaner air and live better lives. EPA is considering recom-mendations from the Clean Air Act Advisory
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September 2017 (Vol. 2, Ed. 4)
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Capacity Building Pilot Kickoff in Seattle

On June 14th, EPA advanced partnership-building in Seattle, Washington by convening the third Near-Port Community Capacity Building Pilot Project. A series of meetings and stakeholder dialogues facilitated by EPA were conducted over a span of three days to foster a shared understanding of challenges and priority interests of the Port of Seattle and nearby communities concerning goods movement and related port activities. 

Through numerous engaging activities, project participants identified goals for improving local conditions through effective stakeholder collaboration. 
  • Just Health Action, in partnership with local community leaders, discussed community health research and presented workshops on community engagement to senior port officials and commissioners in attendance.  
  • The Port of Seattle hosted a bus tour of several port terminals, and 
  • Community experts led walking tours of the South Park and Georgetown near-port community neighborhoods.

EPA's collaboratively-developed draft capacity building engagement tools were utilized in conducting assessments during the site visit and will be extensively used and refined throughout implementation of the pilot project.  

For more information, go to the Ports Initiative Pilot Projects Seattle Pilot Project, and Port of Seattle Press Release  webpages.massport
EPA Ports Initiative Supported Through Funding and Improving Near-Port Community Quality of Life

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), created in 1956, is a self-sustaining public authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Massport owns and operates several major maritime terminals within the Port of Boston (including the Conley Container Terminal and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal), and other maritime and real estate properties in South Boston, East Boston and Charlestown. Massport has made enhancements to the near-port community as well as significant reductions in air emissions through the following efforts. 

Dedicated Freight Corridor and Park

The dedicated freight corridor will take trucks off neighborhood streets of South Boston.  Additionally, Massport has plans to build and maintain a 4.2-acre park that will serve as a significant noise and visual buffer as well as an amenity for the adjacent residents.  

Reductions in Idling and Truck Trips

The amount of time drayage trucks spend in the terminal has been reduced by 40 percent in the last 10 years. Through the use of technology and coordination with port stakeholders, Massport has avoided 21,000 truck trips per year into South Boston.  

Truck Replacement Program

Since 2011, the Massport Clean Truck Program at the Conley Terminal has replaced 60 and plans to replace another 26 older drayage trucks with 2007 or newer trucks.  These replacements have significantly reduced oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, and other emissions, although challenges to the program needed to be overcome.  

Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes Repowered

In 2015, Massport replaced Tier 3 generator sets with EPA certified Tier 4 generator sets in five rubber tire gantry cranes.  The replacements are expected to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 percent, thus reducing overall emissions.

Read more about Massport's air emissions and community enhancements on EPA's Port Initiative website.