Senators demand pollution cuts around US port cities

Senators demand pollution cuts around US port cities

A group of Democrat senators have sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency in the US, urging federal regulators to do more to cut air pollution around port cities and railyards.

“The large volumes of air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emitted by heavy duty diesel trucks, ocean-going vessels, cargo handling equipment, railroad locomotives and harbor craft are heavily concentrated in the communities,” the five senators wrote in a letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy.

“The impacts, especially on children, result in increased risk for cancer, missed school days and more hospital visits,” the lawmakers said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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