I received this information (below) from Brad Lander, who is running to replace Bill DiBlasio in Brooklyn's 39th City Council District.
It's great to see Mr. Lander calling for these measures to mitigate the negative impacts of the operations of the Brooklyn Port. Dangerous diesel emissions from ships, truck pollution and congestion have been long-held concerns of the residents of the Columbia Street Waterfront, Red Hook and our adjoining neighborhoods - Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill among them.
It seems Mr. Lander is taking on these concerns, pushing for solutions for them and is speaking out on behalf of the residents and businesses that he hopes to represent.
Even though the 39th District does not include Red Hook, south of Hamilton Avenue, it's good to see someone - either in power or hoping to be - advocating for a better outcome, environmentally or otherwise, for our neighborhood and its inhabitants.
City Council Candidate Brad Lander, Environmental & Neighborhood Leaders
to Call for Action to Reduce Truck Pollution & Plan for a Greener Port
Monday, August 10th, 10 a.m.
Columbia Street & DeGrawSteet
Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood
Brooklyn, New York
City Council candidate Brad Lander will be joined by local residents and environmental leaders to call for action to reduce truck pollution in the Columbia Waterfront area and create a greener Port of New York. At the event, Lander will be endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters.
Recent events at Piers 7 – 12 on the Brooklyn waterfront create both need and opportunity to work for a greener port. The NYC Economic Development Corporation recently reached a deal with the Port Authority of NY/NJ, American Stevedoring, and Phoenix Beverage to import beverages using Piers 7, 10, and 11. Using the port to bring in goods by ship is smart economic and environmental policy – it can be less polluting than long-haul trucks, and creates good jobs in Brooklyn.
However, more business in the port also leads to an increase in local truck traffic and emissions (from both ships and trucks). It is therefore critical that all parties – EDC, the Port Authority, ASI, Phoenix and others – take significant short-term and long-term steps to reduce truck pollution and create a greener port.
Lander and local residents will call short-term and long-term action to:
Convert trucks serving the port to compressed natural gas (CNG) to reduce toxic emissions.
Keep truck traffic internal to the port, and develop a long-term traffic plan.
Enhance the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway by running it along Atlantic Basin.
Connect docket ships to on-shore power, to reduce the use of highly-polluting generators.
Establish a comprehensive "first source/green jobs" local hiring program.
Brad Lander is running in Brooklyn's 39th Council District (Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens/Columbia Waterfront, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington). Lander has the support of a wide range of community, environmental, and small business leaders.
Chris Ward, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey : "We estimate that the annualhealth benefits emissions reductions arising from a switch from on board generation to shore power at the BCT (Brooklyn Cruise Terminal), adjusted for Kings County, approaches $9 Million" (full statement here)
Plugging a container ship in to shore-power "takes enough pollution out of the air to equal 33,000 cars” - Mayor Bob Foster
Ships are “floating smokestacks that deliver soot and smog straight into the heart of our most crowded coastal cities” - Environmental Defense Fund
From our own Federal Government - via the Environmental Protection Agency - the E.P.A.
a. Shore power is a crucial step for cleaning our air and improving health of New Yorkers.
b. Ocean going vessels that dock in New York City typically burn high sulfur fuel in diesel engines to generate auxiliary power.
This combustion results in exhaust containing NOx, SOx and particulates and such exhaust is a likely carcinogen.
A Port Authority study shows that use of shore power at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal would annually eliminate 100 tons of NOx, 100 tons of SOx and 6 tons of particulates
c. New York City air quality is among the worst in the nation and port related emissions are meaningful and avoidable."
d. Such air emissions are harmful to the pubic generally, and especially to our children, the elderly, people with lung disease, those who exercise outside, and low-income and minority communities located near ports.
e. Implementation of a shore power tariff is consistent with economic development in New York City.
f. Implementation of an appropriate Shore Power Tariff in New York City would provide an impetus for ship owners to invest in ship-side Shore Power equipment and for widespread use of this technology in other ports on the East Coast.
g. None of the Company's tariff's accurately account for the unique service characteristics of ships that dock in New York City.
h. A high-rate setting working group charged with delivering a shore power recommendation should be convened quickly.