AAPA to Inform House Committee of Port Industry Efforts to Reduce Air Emissions
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – (May 15, 2007) – Emphasizing the steps that public port authorities have taken on their own to reduce air emissions and encouraging Congress to take steps to help improve air quality, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will go before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure tomorrow to point out the accomplishments of the U.S. port industry and identify the steps that Congress can take to help reduce air emissions in and around commercial seaports. The Association’s testimony will be presented by Linda Strout, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Seattle. In her testimony, Ms. Strout — whose port has numerous accomplishments related to air quality, such as providing biodiesel at its Shilsole Bay Marina and providing shoreside power for Princess Cruises and Holland America ships that dock in Seattle — will emphasize that public port authorities are taking many steps to improve air quality in the communities in which they operate.
Ms. Strout will also encourage Congress to (1) enact legislation to implement an international treaty, MARPOL Annex VI, that would set standards for and reduce vessel emissions, (2) fully fund the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, a federal program that has helped port authorities reduce emissions from older diesel engines, and (3) promote environmentally friendly short sea shipping alternatives by eliminating the financial barrier created by imposition of harbor maintenance tax.
Ms. Strout notes “the Port of Seattle and many AAPA members have been engaged in air quality improvement efforts related to seaports for several years.” Her testimony will outline examples of what ports are doing both on the facility and emissions outside port fencelines, as well as made recommendations for how the federal government could help, including providing additional funds for voluntary emissions reduction projects at ports.
American Association of Port Authorities Witness Linda Strout, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Port of Seattle
Testifying before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, regarding Global Climate Change: Transportation and Infrastructure Issues
Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 11 a.m.
2167 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
To inform the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee of the steps that the port industry is taking to reduce air emissions and the actions that Congress can take to help reduce air emissions in port communities