Air pollution is out of control on the Houston Ship Channel.
Port Houston has just released a Clean Air Strategy Plan for the first time in more than a decade. But the plan barely reduces health-harming pollution at all—setting targets to reduce pollution by only 5% for nitrogen oxides and 6% for particulate matter by 2025.
These reductions aren’t enough to protect the health of people living near the Port. The Port Authority is taking comments now on the plan draft, and we’re telling them to do more to protect people’s lives. Here are some ways we think the plan needs to be improved:
Document the health and welfare impacts to low-income communities of color. Prioritize pollution reductions with the largest community benefit.
Clearly present data from the recently completed Emissions Inventory and set pollution reduction targets for each pollutant measured.
Work with industry to set more aggressive targets for pollution reductions.
Fund pollution reductions from a variety of sources, including private industry, federal programs like the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) and state sources like the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP).
Join us in asking Port Houston to produce a better Clean Air Strategy Plan.
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