SJPC to reduce diesel equipment emissions in EPA funded project
11/28/2006 The South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC) will retrofit diesel powered vehicles and equipment it owns and operates at the Port of Camden to help reduce air pollution in Camden’s Waterfront South neighborhood as part of an environmental improvement project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A $250,000 EPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program grant to Clean Air Communities (CAC), a non-profit subsidiary of Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), will fund the comprehensive project to reduce pollution and environmental risks in the Waterfront South neighborhood, including $180,000 to retrofit SJPC diesel equipment. EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg presented the funds today in ceremonies at the Port of Camden. EPA chose the CAC from a field of 110 applicants throughout the nation in the second year of the CARE program.

SJPC Executive Director Joseph A. Balzano observed, “We welcome all those taking part in this event and more importantly in this project to the Port of Camden. The Beckett Street and Broadway Terminals of our port are part of the city’s Waterfront South neighborhood and so the SJPC is pleased to be able to make this contribution to the effort to better the environment for all those who live and work in this vital part of the City of Camden.”

Noting the historic location of shipbuilding yards and port facilities on the Camden waterfront, Balzano said, “We join with the EPA and the CAC in this commitment to improving the environment for the urban community in the Waterfront South area.”

The funding will be used to conduct educational outreach, develop diesel emission reduction projects like that of the SJPC, and to provide technical assistance and support.

Besides CAC and the SJPC, organizations participating in the Camden project are the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Heart of Camden, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and South Camden Citizens in Action.

The South Jersey Port Corporation is an agency of the State of New Jersey that owns, operates and manages the Ports of Camden and Salem, overseeing the import and export of international bulk, break bulk and container cargos annually into and through South Jersey.
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