2016 Port Environmental Listening Session

The Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 and Port Department held a Port Environmental Listening Session on the evening of Thursday, December 8, 2016. The purpose of the Listening Session was to obtain the views and solicit information of all interested and affected parties to help form the latest framework of a collaborative plan to reduce port related air emissions and improve air quality for port workers and residents who live nearby. There were over 100 participants from academia, community and environmental groups, elected and government officials and maritime industry stakeholders in attendance.

During the open forum, participants were asked to address one or more of the following topics: Identify leading environmental concerns, propose priority mitigation strategies and recommend next steps for a cooperative way forward. 26 attendees provided comments for the record highlighting the following themes:

  • Community Improvement
  • Emission Reduction
  • Operation Efficiency

Please find below the link to the complete transcript.

Port Environmental Listening Session Transcript



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