Initiatives Are Part Of An Award-Winning Environmental Program
The Port Authority announced today an aggressive environmental program
that will help improve air quality for the 18 million residents in the
metropolitan region. The projects include:
· Expanding the bistate agency's fleet of clean fuel vehicles with the
purchase of 16 compressed natural gas (CNG) passenger vans.
· Replacement of the engines of two tugboats working in New York harbor
with lower emission engines.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "These programs, along
with other initiatives, demonstrate the Port Authority's commitment to
do its part to protect and improve the region's environment even as the
agency continues to implement one of the largest capital programs in its
history. Governor McGreevey has made it clear that a clean environment
is a critical part of making sure this region remains an ideal place to
live and to do business, and we are proud that these programs can help
support that effort."
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, "Governor Pataki
has demonstrated that we can improve our environment while we advance
our economic development agenda. These Port Authority programs are another example
of this fundamental public policy."
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, "The Port
Authority continually seeks to identify programs that improve the
environment in our day-to-day operations and our construction projects.
With an agency as large and far-reaching as the Port Authority, a single
program, such as the purchase of CNG vehicles, can make a significant
difference in regional air quality and quality of life."
The Port Authority recently received delivery of the first 16 new Ford
E-350 CNG vans. The vans cost cost approximately $24,xx,000 each. This
purchase increases the total of CNG vehicles in the Port Authority fleet
to 205. The Port Authority ranks among the nation's top 100 government
and private clean fuel vehicle fleets, according to Automotive Fleet
The tugboat engine replacement project is part of the air conformity
requirements established for the 50-foot harbor-wide channel-deepening
program. The project, which includes the replacement of two engines on
each tug, costs $600,000 and will reduce the nitrogen oxide (NOx)
emissions by 50 tons a year. The engine replacement project is
scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
The Port Authority has initiated a test program for the use of ultra low
sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD) on heavy equipment used in the construction of
the temporary World Trade Center PATH station. The data and experience
gathered from this test program will be used to evaluate opportunities
to implement a larger use of ULSD fueled equipment in the
construction of the permanent World Trade Center PATH terminal.
The Port Authority also
is partnering with the New York City Department
of Transportation to conduct a test pilot project to retrofit the engine
exhaust system on one Staten Island Ferry. If the test project is
successful, the Port Authority will
fund a programprogram to retrofit
all six remaining vessels in the Staten Island Ferry fleet.
The American Association of Port Authorities recently recognized the
Port Authority's "Green Ports Tenant Environmental Awareness Program"
with the Association's 2003 Environmental Improvement Award. This
voluntary program presents a comprehensive review of environmental
aspects affecting port tenant business operations including legal
requirements, best management practices, pollution prevention,
environmentally sensitive design and construction and other areas where
marine terminal tenants can minimize the environmental impact of their
A brochure was recently published outlining environmental programs in
the Port of New York and New Jersey. It highlights, among other issues,
the environmental advantages inherent in moving more international cargo
by ship, rail and barge rather than by truck. The brochure itself is
printed on elemental chlorine-free paper with 50 percent recycled and 15
percent post-consumer waste.