Living next to a port is similar to living next to a coal power plant, with all the exhaust from trucks, ships, rail yards and cranes.
Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hasn’t regulated port’s cumulative emissions as tightly, in the way that it has with gigantic single sources of air pollution, e.g power plants. While the EPA imposes strict limits on power plant emissions, the emissions and dust from industrial ports slip through regulatory cracks.
Currently, the EPA requires states to develop plans to bring broad areas into compliance with national air quality standards. But that might not mean the neighborhoods closest to the ports in particular reach those safe levels.
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