New England Council member Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) was recently recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state agencies, and private and non-profit groups for their reduction of toxic diesel emissions.
Massport was acknowledged for their use of a $500,000 grant to replace 20 diesel trucks in their fleet with newer trucks. Massport also used $1 million of their own money to replace an additional 40 trucks. The result of the replacement of these trucks has led to the removal of 34 tons of nitrogen oxides, 1.7 tons of particulate matter, and 120 tons of carbon monoxide from the air around the Boston area. Massport is one of eight organizations recognized by the EPA for the reduction of toxins.
“Massport continues to work to make significant reductions in diesel engine-related air emissions in South Boston and to reduce the environmental impacts of operations at Conley Terminal,” said Massport Acting Port Director Lisa Wieland. “The Clean Truck Program is just one example of Massport using its limited capital budget to effect reductions in air emissions in the South Boston community.”
The New England Council commends Massport for their continued commitment to clean air throughout the region.