Press Release Article


Date: Jul 09, 2009
Press Release Number: 87-2009

The Port Authority today received two grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency totaling $9.8 million and another $1.8 million grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to implement the first pieces of a Comprehensive Clean Air Strategy for the Port of New York and New Jersey.

A $7 million federal grant will help launch a $28 million program to replace pre-1994 trucks serving the port. The EPA grant money and an additional $21 million incentive fund from The Port Authority of NY & NJ will enable truck owners serving the port to replace their pre-1994 trucks with newer cleaner burning, less polluting vehicles.

About 16 percent of the trucks that frequently call at the port were built before 1994, and they contribute 33 percent of the fine Particulate Matter, 14 percent of the NOx and 10 percent of the Greenhouse Gas emissions each year. The program provides funding to replace an estimated 636 of these older trucks with newer vehicles, resulting in a reduction of approximately 118 tons of NOx, 14 tons of PM2.5, and 1,675 tons of Greenhouse Gases per year.

In addition to the truck program grant, the Port Authority also received $2.8 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to support the installation of a shore power system at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The Brooklyn facility would be the first on the East Coast to provide shore power for docked vessels.

The grant will help provide the infrastructure required for ships to connect to the landside electrical grid instead of running their on-board diesel engines. Carnival Cruise Lines has committed to reconfiguring two cruise vessels that frequently call at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal with the capability to receive shore power, at an estimated cost of $2 million.

This program is expected to reduce emissions from berthed cruise ships by 95.3 tons of NOx, 6.5 tons of PM, and 1,487 tons of Greenhouse Gasses each year.

The Port Authority also received a $1.8 million North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority grant to retrofit two diesel switcher locomotive engines with ultra-low emitting locomotive technology. Total project costs are estimated at $3 million with the remaining costs shared by the Port Authority ($600,000), CSX ($300,000), and Norfolk Southern ($300,000) who have each agreed to provide one engine for retrofit. The program is expected to return emissions reductions of 185.7 tons of NOx, 4.73 tons of PM, 14 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds and 1,935 tons of Greenhouse Gas over five years.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "These grants will help us make targeted investments in port infrastructure while remaining good environmental stewards. Along with our partners in developing the Clean Air Strategy, we're committed to making sure that the billions of dollars in cargo coming through our port each year is moved efficiently and sustainably."

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “This is an important and innovative step forward in the Port Authority's ongoing efforts to be good environmental neighbors. These initiatives will mean cleaner air and lower energy costs. I want to thank the Environmental Protection Agency and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority for their partnership on this issue.”

Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, “These programs represent the first of many in our comprehensive approach to improving air quality at the port. We are extremely happy to have the support of the EPA and NJTPA and will continue to work with our local and regional industry and government partners in the pursuit of truly sustainable facilities.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or Ron Marsico, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.

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