Press Release Article


Date: Jul 23, 2015
Press Release Number: 100-2015

The following statement is in response to an agreement announced today between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Port Authority over truck idling in Port of New York and New Jersey:

"Our award-winning port clean air strategy is a national leader and received the EPA's Breathe Easy Leadership Award in 2012 for the significant port-related emission reductions it achieved. We take our role as environmental stewards very seriously and committed $69 million to help buy 429 cleaner-burning trucks, install shore power at the Brooklyn cruise terminal – the first such system anywhere on the East Coast – provide incentives for ships to use low-sulfur fuel, buy new cleaner cargo handling equipment and retrofit port locomotives with ultra low emitting generator sets. We've also invested $600 million to build ExpressRail facilities at all port terminals, which have reduced hundreds of thousands of regional truck trips a year. Between 2006 and 2013, these initiatives helped contribute to a 33 percent reduction in tons per year of all pollutants, even while our cargo volumes grew by 7 percent during that period.

It's equally important to note that our port is ISO 14001 Certified, an internationally recognized standard of achievement for port departments that take a systematic approach to implementing an environmental agenda in everything it does.

Moving forward, we are working with port stakeholders to implement recommendations by the Port Performance Task Force, a group we helped conceive in late 2013, to improve truck efficiency and reduce idling. These recommendations include a chassis pool, truck management system and RFID. In addition, as part of this MOA, we have worked cooperatively with the EPA and agreed to commit an additional $200,000 over five years to help fund more cleaner-burning, fuel efficient trucks to serve the port, and agreed to keep the federal agency informed about our progress to improve port productivity and reduce truck idling time."

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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