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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Sustainable Ports

Port Compliance Exit EPA disclaimer


PortCompliance.org is full of valuable resources designed to help port operators and port tenants comply with environmental regulations.  The site was designed by the Port Compliance Assistance Focus Group.  Region 2 formed this group to foster a working relationship between key port stakeholders and regulatory agencies.

Recovery Act

Learn how the ARRA is funding Diesel Emission Reductions.

United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)

The following are links to USACE regional websites.  Region 2 works closely with these regions on port-related issues, such as dredging.

USACE Main Page
North Atlantic Division
New York District
Philadelphia District
New England District
Great Lakes & Ohio River Division
Buffalo District
South Atlantic Division
Jacksonville District

Region 2 is home to several ports, including the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest on the Eastern Seaboard.  Ports are comprised of a variety of operations and facilities, and are therefore subject to an array of environmental regulations.  By identifying environmental issues and understanding the accompanying regulations, ports and port tenants can help preserve the environment and achieve compliance.

Environmental Themes At Ports

Clean Air: Reduce Emissions, Switch to Sustainable Energy and Improve Air Quality

Safe Water: Improve Dredging Techniques, Reduce Discharges and Manage Stormwater

Stormwater associated with construction activities:

Stormwater associated with industrial activities:

Property Maintenance: Manage Hazardous Waste, Storage Tanks and Industrial Issues

Community: Make Your Community More Environmentally and Economically Sustainable

Compliance Assistance and Enforcement: Be Aware Of Regulations and Stay In Compliance

Stormwater: A Top Regulatory Issue at Ports

Most ports have industrial facilities and/or construction activities—both may require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit. In New York, the permitting program is the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) and in New Jersey it is the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES). A main requirement of stormwater permits is developing and implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Failing to create, maintain, or properly adhere to a SWPPP is a common violation and can result in enforcement actions. Make sure to follow these key elements of a SWPPP: 

  • Prepare a SWPPP before applying for permit coverage.
  • Maintain an updated site map that identifies all best management practices (BMPs) and all sources of pollutants and/or construction activities.
  • Inspect your facility to make sure stormwater is properly managed.

For additional guidance:
Construction SWPPP Guidance
Industrial SWPPP Guidance
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Success Stories: Region 2 Ports in the News


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