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Partnering with Ports for a Better Environment

Release Date: 10/23/03
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Judy Pino 202-564-7338 /

(10/23/03) Most deep water ports around the country are growing rapidly, with the industry projecting that collective investments in new capacity will reach $10 billion for 2001 - 2005. Based on the industry’s interest in environmental stewardship, 11 deep water coastal ports will participate in an Environmental Management System (EMS) assistance project to show leadership in environmental protection, reduce costs and improve efficiency, increase staff involvement and morale and integrate other objectives, such as safety and security, with environmental activities. The selected ports are: Port of Houston; Virginia Port Authority; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Port of Portland, Ore.; Port of Vancouver, Wash.; Port of Corpus Christi; Port of Los Angeles; Port of New Orleans; Port Everglades, the U.S. Maritime Administration’s James River, Virginia facility; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland, Ore., facility. EPA’s Sector Strategies Program, the American Association of Port Authorities and the Global Environmental and Technology Foundation selected these ports based on senior management support for EMS activities to provide resources for EMS training and implementation and development of performance measures and results sharing with stakeholders and other interested parties. Over the two-year project time frame, each port will receive workshop training to be proficient with EMS’s. Upon completion, each port will be ready to pursue ISO 14001 certification, an international EMS standard, as well as membership in EPA’s National Environmental Performance Track program, which includes a high quality EMS among the criteria for acceptance. For more information, go to: .