Clean Ports Act Will Create Jobs, Reduce Pollution

According to Dave Foster, "The Clean Ports Act will reduce pollution at ports around the country, while creating good, green jobs building the trucks and components for them that are needed to achieve cleaner, safer ports."

December 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 16, 2011) — The Clean Ports Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand and five other original co-sponsors today. The act will help reduce pollution at ports around the country, while creating good, green jobs building the trucks and components for them that are needed to achieve cleaner, safer ports. A version of the act, introduced in the House earlier this year by New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, now includes 57 co-sponsors. The BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director David Foster:

“Clean ports programs have shown we can improve working conditions for port drivers, reduce pollution, and make ports more competitive. We are pleased Sen. Gillibrand and her Senate colleagues are introducing this act, which would free ports across the country to do right by their communities, workers, and the environment, all while supporting a healthy bottom line. We hope this effort will help ensure the cost of improving air quality is shouldered by the industries affecting it, and not by the hard-working drivers.”