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People living and working near ports across the country will breathe cleaner air and live better lives as a result of bold steps taken through a collaboration of industry, government and communities to improve environmental performance and increase economic prosperity.
October 2020 (Vol. 6, Ed. 1)
EPA Ports Initiative Newsletter

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This newsletter focuses on the release of emissions inventory guidance and an EPA roundtable with PhilaPort.  
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EPA Releases Port Emissions Inventory Guidance

The Port
 Emissions Inventory Guidance, finalized in September 2020, describes how to develop port-related and goods movement emissions inventories, which are quantifications of all air emissions of selected pollutants that occur within a designated area by mobile sources for a given time period. This guidance has specific information on how to develop inventories for criteria pollutants and precursors, climate-related pollutants, mobile source air toxics, and energy consumption. This guidance describes the latest, state-of-the-science methodologies for preparing an emissions inventory for the following mobile source sectors: ocean-going vessels, harbor craft, recreational marine, cargo handling equipment, onroad vehicles, and rail.

This guidance is intended to help port authorities and other port operators, state and local governments, Tribes, those doing business at ports (such as terminal operators, tenants, and shipping companies), local communities, and other stakeholders who want to prepare mobile source emission inventories for regulatory, voluntary, and research purposes. The methodologies are broadly applicable to all types of ports, including seaports, Great Lakes ports, and river ports, as well as railyards, freight terminals, intermodal facilities, freight corridors, and other types of facilities that handle and move goods.

Webinar - Port Emissions Inventory Guidance

This webinar will cover the methodologies described in the guidance to prepare a port-related emissions inventory for landside and waterside emissions across six port-related sectors: ocean going vessels, harbor craft, recreational marine, cargo handling equipment, onroad vehicles, and rail. The webinar will cover the data inputs, methods, and analysis approaches available for developing base year and future year inventories of varying levels of detail and geographic scopes based on user capacity, available resources, and intended end use of the inventory.

Date: October 29, 2020; 1:30-2:30 ET

To Attend Webinar: Join Microsoft Teams or listen only by dialing 1-202-991-0477 and entering conference ID: 392 058 195#

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EPA Region 3 Holds Virtual Executive Roundtable with Port of Philadelphia

On September 16th, 2020, Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio and other Region 3 staff members participated in a virtual event hosted by the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) intended to facilitate communication and partnership between EPA and the Port. The event included: 
  • A virtual tour of Port facilities; 
  • Discussion of the Port's ongoing, EPA-funded Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant to replace cargo handling equipment with newer, cleaner models; and 
  • Discussion of opportunities for future stakeholder collaboration with a particular focus on the EPA Ports Initiative and the many tools and resources available on the program's website. 

PhilaPort CEO Jeff Theobald was in attendance at the roundtable event, along with Christine Knapp, Sustainability Director for the City of Philadelphia. The Port's current cargo handling equipment DERA project is moving forward on schedule despite the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will include the Port of Philadelphia's first-ever emissions inventory of cargo handling equipment. The meeting concluded with EPA's Regional Administrator reiterating EPA's continued support of PhilaPort's sustainability efforts to improve environmental performance, ensuring people living and working near ports to breathe cleaner air and live better lives.


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