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Environment & Energy

Seaport leaders share a commitment to sustainability, clean energy, and the health of coastal ecosystems. AAPA-member seaports are working on many projects and initiatives designed to protect the environment, including reducing diesel emissions, sustainable sediment practices and implementing biofiltration systems to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff. Some of these projects are funded with help from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants, which is strongly supported by the DERA Coalition. Port mitigation projects to reduce NOx may be eligible for funding through the Volkswagen Clean Air Act settlement. EPA hosted a webinar to summarize the partial settlement for potential benefactors.

Ports also work with EPA on its Ports Initiative.

Most ships dispose of ballast water as they load and unload, and AAPA has been very supportive of initiatives to ensure the ballast water is not a harm to our ecosystem. However, the ballast water regulatory system must be revised to ensure there is a uniform federal standard for shipping. Ports are also supportive of EPA's National Estuary Program and ocean health and planning. 

Energy is also important for the sustainability of seaports. As environmental leaders in the maritime environment, seaports employ alternative fuels, such as electricity, fuel cells, solar power, wind energy and liquid natural gas (LNG). During a man-made or natural emergency, it is important to make restoration of power to a port and resiliency of port operations a high priority.

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Communication and Advocacy Documents