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Ports in America to Reduce Air Pollution with 0 Million Grant

April 25, 2024 | by The Jeuns

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), along with several port leaders, recently gathered at the White House to celebrate the allocation of nearly 0 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities (RTEPF) Grant Program. This funding, which was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will directly benefit 18 U.S. ports and improve air quality in the surrounding areas.

Cary S. Davis, President and CEO of AAPA, expressed gratitude for the federal investment, stating, “America’s ports play a crucial role in driving prosperity, and these grants will help us continue our efforts to reduce emissions.” He also thanked Congress and the Biden Administration for their support and recognition of the importance of port sustainability.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg highlighted the impact of long wait times for truckers at ports, noting the negative effects on drivers, supply chains, and nearby communities. The grant awards will help alleviate these issues by investing in projects that improve efficiency and reduce emissions, ultimately creating a healthier environment for workers and residents.

Projects funded by the RTEPF grants vary in scope, from a .8 million initiative to replace diesel vehicles with zero-emission technology at the Port of Long Beach, to a 2,258 effort to research electric power take-off devices at the Port of Baltimore. These initiatives aim to support the transition to cleaner transportation options and enhance sustainability efforts at U.S. ports.

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