dollar grant reduces port pollution
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has awarded $1.1 million to upgrade 48 pieces of
cargo handling equipment at the South Jersey Port in Camden,
New Jersey. Older diesel engines generate significant amounts
of fine particles, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, which are
released into the air and can contribute to severe respiratory
ailments and trigger asthma.
The grant will provide for the installation
of improved engines on port vehicles including fork lifts, lift
trucks, front end loaders and other types of port equipment.
EPA’s commitment advances one of the Agency’s priorities, environmental
justice, ensuring that everyone enjoys the same degree of protection
from environmental and health hazards. The Northeast States for
Coordinated Air Use Management will also utilize $1.4 million
in EPA funding to repower 16 construction cranes with cleaner
engines and install a diesel particulate filter on a repowered
crane in areas throughout New York and New Jersey in a separate
but related project.
Waterfront South and South Central Camden
have one of the highest concentrations of contaminated sites
and operating facilities that are sources of air pollution sources
in all of New Jersey. With 1,700 residents living nearby, the
area has 2 EPA Superfund sites and over a dozen contaminated
sites identified by the state.