Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives to make it clear that U.S. commercial ports possess the authority to implement environmental programs that will reduce the health, environment, and safety risks port operations pose in local communities. Such programs would – if enacted and enforced by ports – improve air quality and mitigate the impact of port trucking on the 87 million Americans that live in port communities.
Communities surrounding U.S. commercial ports have long expressed dire concerns regarding port-generated emissions in their neighborhoods. A major contributing factor to these emissions is that the estimated 110,000 diesel trucks that haul containers to and from our ports tend to be some of the oldest and most polluting on the roads today. A large number of these port trucks fail to meet current EPA emission standards, increasing malignant toxins by 1,000%. Today’s modern trucks, when properly maintained, emit lower diesel emissions and create a greener and safer port.
Many major ports have initiated programs to reduce emissions from port trucks
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