EPA Planning Port Infrastructure Programs

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2023


Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to invest $4 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act to port infrastructure and air pollution reduction programs. The agency is currently seeking public input to develop two new programs through the Investing in America agenda.

“Thanks to President Biden’s historic investments in America, we are transforming our nation’s infrastructure for the better, all while protecting the health of underserved communities that are too often overburdened by pollution,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan

“With $4 billion in funding for clean ports and clean transportation from the Inflation Reduction Act, we can deliver cleaner air and healthier communities, support good-paying jobs, and strengthen local economies.”

About the Programs

According to the release, the Clean Ports Program will invest $3 billion in technologies to reduce harmful air and climate pollutants at U.S. ports and create a zero-emission shipping future. The Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Program will reportedly invest an additional $1 billion to reduce vehicle emissions and better protect the health of the people living and working near ports, schools and other truck routes.

The EPA reports that the Clean Ports Program builds on its existing Ports Initiative to transform port infrastructure while boosting investments for zero-emission port equipment and technology. The Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Program then provide funding to offset the costs of:

  • Replacing heavy-duty commercial vehicles with zero-emission vehicles;
  • Deploy infrastructure needed to charge, fuel and maintain these zero-emission vehicles; and
  • Develop and train the necessary workforce.

Together, the EPA says it hopes that the programs will invest resources in solutions that “protect people and the planet,” while supporting the creation of jobs and economic success.

The agency reports that it hopes to improve its understanding of zero-emissions trucks and port equipment, in addition to associated charging and fueling infrastructure requirements, through the Request for Information responses.

Feedback will reportedly enable the EPA to effectively design programs to expeditiously fund currently available zero-emission technologies and consider appropriate ways to accommodate technologies available in the near term.

The deadline to submit input is June 5, 2023.

Other Recent Port Infrastructure Funding

In February this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced more than $660 million in available funding for the Port Infrastructure Development Program.

The PIDP aims to modernize the nation’s ports and help strengthen supply chains, helping to reduce shipping times, costs and ultimately the costs of goods. The bipartisan infrastructure package reportedly provides $450 million annually in funding for the program.

The latest Notice of Funding Opportunity makes more than $662 million available in Federal Fiscal Year 2023. PIDP discretionary grants help eligible applicants including port authorities, states, local governments, indigenous Tribal nations, counties, and other eligible entities complete critical port and port-related infrastructure projects.

According to the DOT’s release, the grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support projects that improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods through ports and intermodal connections to ports. 

MARAD will also consider how projects address climate change and sustainability, equity, and workforce development objectives.

The DOT noted that recent projects funded included:

  • Installation of fast charging stations and other port electrification components and the development of a scalable plan for transitioning the port and local maritime industry to zero-emission technologies in Jacksonville, Florida;
  • The creation of an intermodal rail yard near an existing port terminal in Kaskaskia, Illinois; and
  • The modernization of electric and stormwater infrastructure and warehouse capacity for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in Cleveland.

A full list of 2022 awarded projects can be found here.

   

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