Harboring Danger and Pollution: The Dirty Truth about U.S. Ports

POLLUTION & DANGEROUS CARGO are two of the major concerns for any industrial port city. Air and water do not recognize borders. 

Marine ports in the United States are major sources of pollution for the surrounding regions. Enormous cargo tanker ships run on diesel fuel. This is the the dirtiest type of gasoline. The cargo ships leave their engines running to on and offload cargo to avoid paying docking fees.

Water pipe break under dormant train tracks in Vallejo.

Dormant train tracks in Vallejo with old water and gas pipes underneath cannot withstand going back into service with 50-100 car tanker trains. http://www.timesheraldonline.com/article/NH/20160215/NEWS/160219904

BIG RIG TRUCKS! Ports also need land transport with hundreds or even thousands of diesel truck visits per day. Big rigs are noisier, damage roads and ruin the quality of life. Health and home values will decline. (see CHEJ.org fact pack pollution hurts home values)

HEAVY TRAINS! Mile-long trains with diesel locomotives hauling cargo from VMT would spread the hazards directly through central Vallejo traveling on the historic 1868 Napa Valley Railroad and on through Jamison Canyon. Hazards include:

  • illnesses such as asthma, silicosis (miner’s lung disease disease), heart attack and cancer
  • increases in regional smog, contamination of water, and the blight of local communities and public lands

Now add the dangerous cargo of coal, pet coke and oil transported through ports along water, roads and rail. What happens in a accident?