Clearing air at ports

Environmental issues have become top priority at ports. Most efforts of ports and port users are basic steps like replacement of diesel cranes with electric, but the cumulative impact is substantial.

At its meeting Wednesday, the Port of Houston Authority will consider a request for a federal grant to help companies pay for measures to reduce emissions from diesel engines. The agency also will consider a $600,000 dust-suppression system at Industrial Park East at the port's Turning Basin Terminal.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency has presented the New York Shipping Association with the EPA's 2009 Environmental Quality Award for Business, the highest recognition presented to the public by the EPA. The award recognizes NYSA members' environmental improvements over the last decade, including a 45 percent reduction in air emissions per ton of cargo during the last five years.

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